February 22

Psalm 16:7-8

I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Explanatory notes from The Treasury of David:

vs. 7 — “Great generals fight their battles in their own mind long before the trumpet sounds, and so did our Lord win our battle on his knees before he gained it on the cross. It is a gracious habit after taking counsel from above to take counsel within. Wise men see more with their eyes shut by night than fools can see by day with their eyes open”….. “We have a saying among ourselves, that “the pillow is the best counsellor;” and there is much truth in the saying, especially if we have first committed ourselves in prayer to God, and taken a prayerful spirit with us to our bed. In the quiet of its silent hours, undisturbed by the passions, and not harassed by the conflicts of the world, we can commune with our own heart, and be instructed and guarded as to our future course even in the night season.”

vs 8 — “He that by faith eyes God continually as his protector in trouble shall not be moved with any evil that he suffers, and he that eyes God by faith as his pattern in holiness, shall not be moved from doing that which is good.”

I pray for the prodigal to listen, at night, to the counsel of their own heart, spurred by the Holy Spirit, as to the next steps to take. I pray they set the Lord always before them and are never shaken.

Psalm 16:7-8

________ will praise the Lord, who counsels him/her; even at night ________’s heart instructs him/her. _________ has set the Lord always before him/her. Because He is at _________’s right hand, he/she will not be shaken.

February 21

James 1:12

Blessed is the man, who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.

I can’t imagine, for a parent, what it must be like to watch God present your child with a crown of life! Trials the prodigal withstands here on earth, out of love for the Father, will be rewarded.

We are an important part of that perseverance by lifting them up in prayer. It will be reward enough for me to see the prodigal receiving theirs!

James 1:12

Blessed is _______, who perseveres under trial, because when he/she has stood the test, _______ will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.