July 15

Hosea 14:9 (NLT)

Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those who are discerning listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But sinners stumble and fall along the way.

God’s paths are laid out in His Word. If we walk in that clearly defined path, we have life (not only here on earth but in eternity). There is safety in staying on the marked path. Once we step outside of God’s true and right path, we are open to the pitfall of what lies there… big obstacles, the ditch, a cliff, lost and wandering, etc.

I pray for the prodigal to be wise and discerning regarding the path they are on. May it line up with the defined path of the Lord’s design.

Hosea 14:9 (NLT)

Let ________ who is wise understand these things. Let ________ who is discerning listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But sinners stumble and fall along the way.

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July 15

Hosea 14:9 (NLT)

Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those who are discerning listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But sinners stumble and fall along the way.

God’s paths are laid out in His Word. If we walk in that clearly defined path, we have life (not only here on earth but in eternity). There is safety in staying on the marked path. Once we step outside of God’s true and right path, we are open to the pitfall of what lies there… big obstacles, the ditch, a cliff, being lost and wandering, etc.

I pray for the prodigal to be wise and discerning regarding the path they are on. May it line up with the defined path of the Lord’s design.

Hosea 14:9 (NLT)

Let ________ who is wise understand these things. Let ________ who is discerning listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But sinners stumble and fall along the way.

July 14

1 Corinthians 15:33-34

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character”. Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.

In these verses, Paul is challenging the Corinthian Christians to stop letting non-believers cause them to question their beliefs about the resurrection. These folks were ignorant of what they spoke. In a nutshell he was saying, “shame on you, wake up, you know better”.

Our prodigals have been sucked into worldly thinking and probably question their beliefs. Those who call them to question God are people who will “corrupt good character,” if the prodigal’s not careful. I am praying that as the prodigal defends his own beliefs he is strengthened and not left questioning. May they also be strong enough to walk away from unnecessary conversations.

1 Corinthians 15:33-34

Do not be misled ________: “Bad company corrupts good character”. Come back to your senses ________, as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.

July 13

Psalm 73: 2, 22-24 (NLT)

But as for me, I came so close to the edge of the cliff! My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone….. I was so foolish and ignorant; I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. Yet I still belong to you; you are holding my right hand. You will keep on guiding me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.

At times, your mind can probably form a picture of your prodigal slipping and coming close to going off a cliff. Yet, picture the Father grasping their hand, preventing them from slipping over the edge. He takes delight in rescuing the prodigal; be encouraged!

One day may our prodigals look back at their “senseless”, self-destructive actions and realize it was God who rescued and guided them to their glorious destiny.

Psalms 73: 2, 22-24 (NLT)

But as for ________, he/she came so close to the edge of the cliff! ________’s feet were slipping, and he/she was almost gone….. _________ was so foolish and ignorant; he/she must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. Yet _______ still belongs to you; you are holding his/her right hand. You will keep on guiding _______ with your counsel, leading him/her to a glorious destiny.

July 12

Isaiah 57:18

I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him

We serve a God who heals and restores. He has been actively doing so since the beginning of time so we can trust our prodigal into His very capable hands.

I pray the prodigal will find healing and guidance from the Father this day. Praying also that they sense a true restoration happening in their life.

Isaiah 57:18

I have seen ________’s ways, but I will heal him/her; I will guide ________ and restore comfort to him/her.

July 11

Malachi 3:3 NLT

He will sit and judge like a refiner of silver, watching closely as the dross is burned away. He will purify the Levites, refining them like gold or silver, so that they may once again offer acceptable sacrifices to the Lord.

Because of the blood of Christ, the sacrifice for sin has been made once and for all. That doesn’t mean we don’t need some burning away of dross in our lives though.

I love the picture in this passage of God “watching closely” as the refining process is taking place. As he is purifying our hearts, He keeps close watch to make sure the process plays out perfectly. Our loving heavenly Father monitors all the circumstances of our life and knows how they will work for His good.

I pray for the prodigal to have their feet “put to the fire” but all the more thank God for His merciful way of watching them closely as they go through this necessary process.

Malachi 3:3 NLT

He will sit and judge like a refiner of silver, watching closely as the dross is burned away. He will purify ________, refining him/her like gold or silver, so that he/she may once again offer acceptable sacrifices to the Lord.

July 10

James 4:7-8, 10 NLT

So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world… Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor.

Divided loyalties are always tricky; you can never please both and will end up short-changed in the end.

I envision the prodigal washing their hands of the world and humbling themselves before God. The visual of God lifting the prodigal up in honor is one we should keep before us. May they be quick to resist the one who would love to see their downfall.

James 4:7-8, 10 NLT

So humble yourself, _______, before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, ________; purify your heart, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world… Humble yourself, ________ , before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor.