2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen; for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
What a great thought, that the Holy Spirit can do on the inside of us the opposite of what the world is doing to the outside of us! We should have an internal renewal process going on day by day that causes our spirit to be more excited and alive. That excitement is fueled by knowing our time here on earth is short and our eternal glory is going to outweigh any troubles we may have had. The trials we work through actually are of benefit in maturing us and strengthening us in the faith. So, in times of trouble we must fix our eyes on what we can’t really see but yet can rely on because He has promised.
I pray the prodigal will not loose heart; that they will find they are being renewed each day. I pray they are learning to walk by faith, not sight, knowing what they see is only temporary.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore ________ does not lose heart. Though outwardly he/she is wasting away, yet inwardly he/she is being renewed day by day. For ________’s light and momentary troubles are achieving for him/her an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So ________ fixes his/her eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen; for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
And this is my prayer; that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ– to the glory and praise of God.
Paul was praying for these early believer’s spiritual growth to be evident by loving at a deeper and more generous level. As they matured, their increasing knowledge and insight should help them live a pure and blameless life.
For us modern day believers, the formula is the same; it’s a process we too should be experiencing. We have been given the fruit of righteousness through Jesus Christ, yet it’s our responsibility to help it grow.
Let’s think big as we pray this verse over the prodigal, as Paul did over his baby believers. That they would grow in knowledge and insight, be able to discern what is best, be pure and blameless and filled with a righteous character… to the glory and praise of God!
And this is my prayer; that ________’s love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that he/she may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ– to the glory and praise of God.
Psalm 25:8-10 NLT
The Lord is good and does what is right; He shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them His way. The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep His covenant and obey His demands.
The Lord is always ready to lead if we will defer to Him instead of blindly going our own way. Can I leave room in my plans for a change of direction, if He so desires? Humility and obedience are key; recognizing it’s not our plans that give us success, but His unfailing love and faithfulness.
Let’s pray the prodigal will recognize God’s desire to lead them and welcome it. May they be humble as they do what’s right in His eyes and realize His faithfulness and love as doors open before them on a “proper” path.
Psalm 25:8-10 NLT
The Lord is good and does what is right; He shows the proper path to ________. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching him/her His way. The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness ________, who keeps His covenant and obeys His demands.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything, to stand.
We need to recognize that our battle is not with our co-workers, our spouse, our family; not flesh and blood… the battle is against spiritual forces of evil. The mere fact that we are believers in Christ, will bring on attacks of the enemy in all areas of our life. Putting on the armor of God (belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with the gospel, shield of faith, helmet of salvation) is the way to stand and remain standing when we’ve done everything we can.
We should be praying the armor of God over our prodigals often. I pray they will spiritually dress themselves in His armor, take up their shield and stand their ground!
For ________’s struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, ________, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything, to stand.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
Paul is asking God to remove the “thorn in his side,” which is a torment to him, and God replies with the encouraging words that His grace is all he needs.
Part of the equation is accepting the fact that we are weak so we will rely on His strength. His strength is actually perfected through our weakness.
My prayer for the prodigal is that they will recognize their weaknesses. I pray they will find themselves in situations that require God’s strength more so than their limited ability. May it be a proving ground for them; a discovery that He is for them and is indeed using them for His purposes.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now ________ is glad to boast about his/her weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through him/her.
Psalm 26:1-3 NLT
Declare me innocent, O Lord, for I have acted with integrity; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and affections. I am constantly aware of your unfailing love, and I have lived according to your truth.
In these verses David is asking the Lord to cross-examine him. He knows his heart has been pure regarding being God’s man. It’s not that he had never sinned, but he was consistently in fellowship with God and cleared his record quickly by asking forgiveness.
As I look at David’s prayer in light of my own life, I wonder if I could pray it with the same confidence? God knows my motives even before I act, so I pray I will quickly recognize my sin. May my affections always be for Him; aware of His unfailing love toward me.
I love the thought of our prodigals being tested in regards to their integrity and standing clean before Him. I am praying it will be so because they have trusted in the work of Christ and are becoming men and women after the heart of God.
Psalm 26:1-3 NLT
Declare ________ innocent, O Lord, for he/she has acted with integrity; he/she has trusted in the Lord without wavering. Put ________ on trial, Lord, and cross-examine him/her. Test ________’s motives and affections. ________ is constantly aware of your unfailing love, and he/she has lived according to your truth.
If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
The world may despise us because of Christ, but we can be confident that, because of our obedience, we are in His love and greatly loved indeed! Our joy will be complete as we live in that love and replicate it towards others.
Let’s pray the prodigal feels the love of Christ today; that they are filled with complete joy because they are remaining in and trusting in that love.
If ________ obeys my commands, he/she will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have told ________ this so that my joy may be in him/her and that his/her joy may be complete.