August 20

Isaiah 61:3

He has sent Me… to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.

I have seen first hand how God can take a prodigal and raise them from the ashes into a person of strength. It has been an amazing thing to watch; He took my spirit of mourning and turned it into gladness and my prodigal’s despair and turned it into praise.

I hope you can visualize your prodigal rooted and growing in the Lord, a mighty oak of righteousness. God has the ability to take any life and make it into a thing of beauty and strength, for His glory.

Isaiah 61:3

He has sent Me… to bestow on ________ a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. ________ will be called an oak of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.

August 19

Romans 12:1-2

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing, and perfect will.

Most of those in the church in Rome had come from Jewish heritage, so they understood the concept of sacrifice. Because of Christ, there is no longer a need for animal sacrifice. He took care of that on the cross once and for all! But, Paul urges us to be a living example of this most precious sacrifice; not to conform to the world.

We are selfish by nature, so we must become a transformed person, with a renewed mind in order to have a heart that desires to live for Him. An obedient life is a continual act of worship! Where He leads those who sacrifice for Him will always be good, pleasing and perfect.

It is my prayer for the prodigal that they learn the discipline of being transformed by renewing their minds. I pray when they test God and His will for them, they discover this truth — He never comes up lacking.

Romans 12:1-2

Therefore, I urge you _______, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then, _______, you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing, and perfect will.

August 18

Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

To delight in someone means to experience great pleasure and joy in his or her presence. You have to know that person well, spend time with them.  To delight in the Lord would encompass not only finding delight in His presence but also taking delight in obeying Him. When we know Him intimately and delight in obedience, the desires of our heart line up with His desires. It is then, very easy for Him to give us the desires of our heart.

In my Bible beside this verse I have written a quote (I didn’t write down who said it but I think it was Beth Moore) –

“Hearts not surrendered to God can seldom be trusted!”

 If we don’t value what He values how could He trust us with the desires of our heart?

I am praying that the prodigal will delight in the Lord; take delight in being obedient to Him. In return, I pray God would give them the desires of their heart because they are trustworthy.

Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the Lord, _________, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

August 17

Jeremiah 1:5a

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart….

It gives me great comfort and joy to know that before I was born God had a destiny for me. Somehow the pain and trials I’ve walked through have some clarity and purpose. God wants to keep us on the path that gives us the most abundant life but it won’t be without difficulty. Sometimes that difficulty is just part of the process; sometimes it’s of our own making, but it is all part of our destiny.

There is also great comfort knowing He has a destiny for each of our prodigals. While they were in the womb He could see their future. I have to wait for it to unfold but the pages are pretty much written and we can trust Him with our prodigal.

My prayer for the prodigal is that they will see themselves as “set apart”.  I pray they will walk in the destiny God has for them, His master plan for their life!

Jeremiah 1:5a

Before I formed ________ in the womb I knew him/her, before ________ was born I set him/her apart….

August 16

1 John 4:4

You dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

“Them” in this passage are those who have the spirit of antichrist and don’t acknowledge the truth about Jesus. We are living in times when everything but Jesus is honored, lifted up and worshipped. But, a time is coming when those who deny Him will be put on the stand and proclaimed guilty and await sentencing. We, who love Christ, are overcomers because He lives in us.

I pray the prodigal will tap into the power of Christ within to overcome all that the world throws at them. May God open their eyes to the deceit of the spirit of antichrist.

1 John 4:4

You _________, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

August 15

Psalm 139:1-6

O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in — behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

God is all-knowing and all-powerful. He knows my very thoughts and words before I get them out of my mouth. He is familiar with ALL of my ways.

These verses evoke praise in my heart, because He knows me so well, yet loves me so deeply. He provides protection by hemming me in. I can envision Him doing the same for the prodigal and I have to praise Him for what He is doing in their lives even though I don’t see it.

I’m praying the prodigal will come to understand the great gift they have been given being invited into relationship with a God like this! May it be more than they can comprehend.

Psalm 139:1-6

O Lord, you have searched ________ and you know him/her. You know when ________ sits and when he/she rises; you perceive his/her thoughts from afar. You discern _________’s going out and lying down; you are familiar with all _________ ways. Before a word is on ________’s tongue you know it completely, O Lord. You hem _________ in — behind and before; you have laid your hand upon him/her. Such knowledge is too wonderful for _________, too lofty for him/her to attain.

August 14

Job 33:28-30 NLT

God rescued me from the grave, and now my life is filled with light. Yes, God does these things again and again for people. He rescues them from the grave so they may enjoy the light of life.

Job was literally on his deathbed, one foot in the grave, but he served a God who was a rescuer of men.

The prodigal son also had himself in a grave of sorts; he found himself in a big ‘ole pit of darkness and despair.

From the darkness of a pit to the light of life, what an amazing transformation being set free brings. And God does it over and over again! The prodigal may think with freedom to live how they want, they are surely enjoying the “light of life”. But they have no idea what amazing “light” awaits them when they are rescued from that pit!

Job 33:28-30 NLT

God rescued ________ from the grave, and now his/her life is filled with light. Yes, God does these things again and again for people. He rescues _________ from the grave so he/she may enjoy the light of life.