I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statutes, O Lord; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.
If you’ve ever hiked in the mountains along a rocky path you know it’s not wise to run or to veer off the path. The rocks can be loose and slippery and a fall could be at most disastrous and in the least, embarrassing. Life can be much like a rocky mountain path, there are things along our way that can trip us up, even be disastrous if we are not wise in the way we walk.
God has set boundaries for us, through His Word, that smooth the path ahead and give us guidelines for our walk through this life. Freedom is in the boundaries God has set for us. If we live by those boundaries, we can safely run and enjoy this life of freedom in Him!
My prayer for the prodigal is that they have chosen the way of Truth and discovered there is freedom in Christ. The boundaries may be set, but there is an amazing amount of room along His wide path to run and enjoy life.
_________ has chosen the way of truth; he/she has set his/her heart on your laws. ________ holds fast to your statutes, O Lord; do not let him/her be put to shame. ________ runs in the path of your commands, for you have set his/her heart free.
If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come to His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will reward each person according to what he has done.
In an “instant” world, it’s hard to delay gratification, let alone totally deny ourselves. The concept of denying ourselves to the point of shouldering a cross and following Christ is a difficult concept in our part of the world. Our “first world” persecutions would be laughable to those who are persecuted regularly for their devotion to Christ. As the days get more evil, I feel certain we will have opportunities to deny ourselves and take up our cross. I pray I am ready and willing.
My prayer for the prodigal is the same. May they walk out of these uncertain and trying times in the pit, totally committed to the cause of Christ. So committed that they would never deny Him but would rather deny themselves. I pray they discover Him worth giving up the world for and in exchange find life.
If ________ would come after me, he/she must deny himself and take up his/her cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his/her life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it. What good will it be for ________ if he/she gains the whole world, yet forfeits his/her soul? Or what can ________ give in exchange for his/her soul? For the Son of Man is going to come to His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will reward ________ according to what he/she has done.
Jeremiah 6:16a NLT
This is what the LORD says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls…”
We will all have times when the road has options. If we look to and learn from how others walked in the past, the tried and true paths that have been successful, we will find rest. There are times God asks us to forge a new path in our personal walk, but it will always be according to His Word, not straying from that tried and true path.
I pray the prodigal will stop at the crossroad they face and not be afraid to ask for help. May they discover that the old, successful way -following Christ- is the best (a proven path) and upon heading that new direction, find peace for their souls.
Jeremiah 6:16a NLT
This is what the LORD says: “________, stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your soul…”
But I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. He ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.
For all we know, the prodigal is right in the middle of the greatest battle of their lives. Not only is the outside world bombarding them with negativity but the enemy is coming against them as well. Even their own selfish thoughts tend to consume them. One sincere cry to God in a time like this and He will reach out and save!
I pray the prodigal is making this plea and that God already has the enemy on the run, ransoming them unharmed from the battle of this day.
But ________ calls to God, and the Lord saves him/her. Evening, morning and noon ________ cries out in distress, and He hears his/her voice. He ransoms ________ unharmed from the battle waged against him/her, even though many oppose him/her.
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
The world may cry out for peace, but even an absence of fear and strife can’t give us peace like knowing the Father gives. The peace we have as believers is constant through the greatest of trials, the worst failures, and times of seeming hopelessness. This peace is sustainable even when everything else around us has failed because it’s supernatural. Jesus freely gives this peace, which is a great encouragement.
I pray that the prodigal’s heart will be at peace; that they aren’t troubled by anything looming ahead of them and that peace would reign over any fear in their minds.
Peace I leave with ________; My peace I give him/her. I do not give to ________ as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.
Paul was a man on a mission because of a powerful encounter with the Lord Jesus himself. His goal was to run and finish the race Christ set before him. I would hope my goal is the same and that I would run with perseverance just as Paul.
I pray the prodigal will soon, if not already, be on a course that is exactly aligned with what Christ would have for them. As they begin the marathon of living out a life in Christ, may there be a sharp focus on the end goal, encouragement from fellow believers, nourishment from the Word and enlightenment and comfort from the Holy Spirit. They will have a true testimony of the gospel of God’s grace, grace that reaches down and rescues.
However, ________ considers his/her life worth nothing to him/her, if only he/she may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given him/her – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.
Praise the Lord all you nations; extol Him, all you people. For great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord.
If God did nothing else for me but love me, it would still be enough to give Him praise all of my life. God’s love and faithfulness is what keeps me going when days are difficult. There have been times in my life I didn’t feel loved, but looking back I never felt abandoned or hopeless. This has to be because of God’s faithfulness in love toward me.
As parents of a prodigal, many times, we are after behavior modification. What we really should desire is for the love of God to capture the prodigal. This can truly modify their behavior!
Let’s continue praying that God’s love would overwhelm and change the heart of the prodigal….
Praise the Lord all you nations; extol Him, all you people. For great is His love toward __________, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord.
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
In a sense the enemy has blinded the prodigal. To walk in a new direction, may feel like a very unfamiliar path to them; it’s not a life they are used to. Yet, God is faithful to make sure the way is well lit and the rough spots made smooth.
Pray the prodigal senses a “smoothing” of the path before them and understands the Lord will not forsake them. His love for them will be a guide as they choose to walk in this new, possibly unfamiliar, way.
I will lead ________ by ways he/she has not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide him/her; I will turn the darkness into light before ________ and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake him/her.
I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…
I love this verse in the Amplified Bible –
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation (for deliverance from eternal death) to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance…”
The Gospel is powerful. Although many reject it, to those who will trust and surrender to the work Christ has done on the cross, it gives life and power.
I pray the prodigal will confidently surrender to and firmly rely on the Gospel and that they will gladly share the power Christ has had in their life.
________ is not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…
2 Corinthians 1:22
He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
I hang my hope on the promise of this verse. Because of the Holy Spirit’s deposit in my heart I have a guarantee of salvation and an eternal home with Christ.
Because the prodigal has this seal of ownership set on their life, they need to realize their hope is secure. In all the noise of living a life away from God, may they hear the still small voice of the Spirit that was deposited within them. My prayer is that His voice is drawing them toward a new way of thinking and living.
2 Corinthians 1:22
He anointed __________ , set his seal of ownership on him/her, and put his Spirit in _______ ‘s heart as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.