August 2

Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.

When we bless God, at most, it is us attributing praise to Him; our words, thoughts, singing and actions given to Him the best we know how. But, when He blesses us, His favor rests on us and it’s powerful. In these verses, the fruit of that favor are protection, pardon and peace.

My prayer for the prodigal this day is that the Lord’s face will indeed shine on them, that He will be gracious to them and His favor rests on them. More than anything they need His peace right now, and I pray they feel it with great certainty.

Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless ________ and keep him/her; the Lord make His face shine upon _________ and be gracious to him/her; the Lord turn His face toward _________ and give him/her peace.

August 1

2 Timothy 2:11-13

Here is a trust worthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; If we endure, we will also reign with him, If we disown him, he will also disown us; If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

What a wonderful thought that our faith in Jesus Christ seals our future with Him. We have been given a free will and ability to choose who we will serve, worship and give our life to. God won’t force us to stay in relationship with Him if we disown Him and walk away. Yet, when the believer is struggling and their faith is weak, God will not give up on them. What He has promised because of the blood of Christ, He will uphold.

I am praying the prodigal never turns his back on God to walk away but, in those times of intense struggle, they sense His faithful hand on their life and are encouraged.

2 Timothy 2:11-13

Here is a trust worthy saying: If ________ dies with Him, he/she will also live with Him; If _________ endures, he/she will also reign with Him, If _________ disowns Him, He will also disown him/her; If ________ is faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.

July 31

Psalm 18:6-15

In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears. The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because He was angry. Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from His mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under His feet. He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. He made darkness his covering, His canopy around Him— the dark rain clouds of the sky. Out of the brightness of His presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning. The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. He shot His arrows and scattered my enemies, great bolts of lightning and routed them. The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

This is the longest passage we will have on one day, but what wonderful imagery in these verses… I had to include them all! We should never forget God’s power to scatter our enemies and the enemies of our prodigal. Our Father is fiercely loyal to us.

When the prodigal cries out to him, He will come to them mounted on the cherubim, flying in to rescue. I’m praying the prodigal reaches the place soon when they will cry out. They won’t be disappointed!

Psalm 18:6-15

In ________’s distress he/she called to the Lord; ________ cried to his/her God for help. From His temple He heard ________’s voice; his /her cry came before Him, into His ears. The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because He was angry. Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from His mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under His feet. He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. He made darkness his covering, His canopy around Him— the dark rain clouds of the sky. Out of the brightness of His presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning. The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. He shot His arrows and scattered ________’s enemies, great bolts of lightning and routed them. The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

July 30

Joshua 1:8

Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

This is such a great reminder of the power of the Word in our lives. I have to say, my meditation doesn’t always include verses of scripture. To be prosperous and successful, we have to allow it to penetrate our thoughts, actions and our very lives.

I pray the prodigal will come to love God’s Word… that they will see results as they do. May they be rewarded with success by the one who loves them most.

Joshua 1:8

Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth, _________; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then, _________, you will be prosperous and successful.

July 29

Matthew 6:33-34

But seek ye first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

In the prior verses of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is speaking about being anxious for what we will eat or wear. He encourages us by reminding us the Father takes care of the birds… and we are much more valuable than they.

If we want all God has for us, we need to seek His kingdom and His righteousness. If we truly seek Him first I think we might be surprised at what “all” really includes for us! God will provide so much more than our daily needs…. and I think He loves to do just that!

I’ve heard that the definition of worry is — negative meditation. A worrier can find it hard to trust God. What do I dwell on? Is my meditation most generally negative or positive? If I trust Him to take care of me, tomorrow is not a concern.

My prayer for the prodigal is that as they seek the Father, they will be so overwhelmed by what they see Him doing, and their needs being met, they have no worry about what tomorrow may hold.

Matthew 6:33-34

But seek ye first His kingdom and His righteousness, ________, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

July 28

Psalm 101:1-3 NLT

I will sing of your love and justice, Lord. I will praise you with songs. I will be careful to live a blameless life – when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them.

I pray the prodigal will reach a place in their walk where they truly want to live a blameless life, one of integrity; keeping their eyes from the vile and vulgar. It will take some discipline and they will need God’s help. May they call on Him often and find it easier each day to turn their face toward what is right and good.

Psalm 101:1-3 NLT

________ will sing of your love and justice, Lord. ________ will praise you with songs. He/she will be careful to live a blameless life – when will you come to help him/her? ________ will lead a life of integrity in his/her own home. ________ will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. _________ hates all who deal crookedly; he/she will have nothing to do with them.

July 27

Colossians 2:9-10

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

Christ was fully God. When we have Him we have everything we need, not only for salvation, but also for living a righteous life. Christ alone holds the answers to the true meaning of life because He IS life. He is our unique source of knowledge and power. This is a hard concept for the non-believing world to grasp; even for some Christians it’s as if Christ isn’t quite enough.

I pray the prodigal will recognize the “fullness” power they have in the one who is head over everything. I pray they will not be tempted to seek out other religions and philosophies to find the true meaning of life.

Colossians 2:9-10

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and ________ has been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

July 26

Nehemiah 9:31

But in Your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.

Because of Israel’s rebellion they were taken into captivity, yet God didn’t abandon them. I’m thankful that God, for the sake of His great name, is a covenant keeper. He won’t destroy even those who walk away from Him, and patiently waits on them to return.

May our prodigals come to understand the mercy and grace God has towards them, even in times of rebellion. I pray that during the course of this day, there is evidence of His mercy that they can’t deny.

Nehemiah 9:31

But in Your great mercy you did not put an end to _______ or abandon him/her, for you are a gracious and merciful God.

July 25

2 Timothy 4:17

But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength… and rescued me from certain death.

These words hold encouragement for Timothy who, along with others, had taken up Paul’s torch to spread the gospel. Timothy would need these words to carry on, not fearful of what lay ahead, as he took the Good News to the Gentiles.

I want our prodigals to be brave; brave because they know the Lord is standing with them and will come to their rescue. May they be strong in the Lord when called to give witness for Him.

2 Timothy 4:17

But the Lord stood at _______’s side and gave him/her strength… and rescued _______ from certain death.

July 24

Psalm 73:25-26

Who have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

My prayer for the prodigal is that they would reach the point in their struggles where nothing earthly satisfies. When they come to the point that God alone fills the voids they are trying to fill with the world, may they be strengthened beyond what they would’ve ever imagined! I pray they’ll recognize that all else around and in them may fail but He will not; we are promised forever with Him!

Psalm 73:25-26

Who has ________ in heaven but you? And earth has nothing he/she desires besides you. _______’s flesh and heart may fail but God is the strength of his/her heart and his/her portion forever.