Proverbs 16:33 (NLT)
We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.
God has given us a free will and the ability to choose as we want. We love to be in control of things most days and may give little thought to how God would have us live; yet, He is determining our steps.
The prodigal has “thrown the dice,” so to speak, and tried living a life away from God. Little do they know, the Father has determined how their life will play out and has a plan for getting them there. He is wooing, directing and moving heaven and earth to bring them full circle and back to Himself.
I’m praying today that even though the prodigal thinks they are in full control of the direction of their life, God’s powerful influence will be clearly evident in the days ahead.
Proverbs 16:33 (NLT)
________ may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.
If the Lord delights in a man’s way, He makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand.
It’s awesome to think that God would delight in my prodigal’s ways. If they do stumble it won’t be disastrous, but just that…. a “stumble”.
I pray God will delight in our prodigals because they are after His heart. I know they will have times when they stumble but I pray they will be in a position to be upheld by His hand.
If the Lord delights in ________’s ways, He makes his/her steps firm; though ________ stumbles, he/she will not fall, for the Lord upholds ________ with His hand.
But when the time had fully come, God sent His son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out “Abba Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
A child of the king has certain rights and privileges that others don’t. Not only that, he also will be heir to all his father owns and have a seat of authority.
As children of the KING, we too have certain privileges and are heirs to all our Father has. We have full rights to the power of the Father and we have inherited a place of authority if we will but take it. I am grateful to be out of the position of slave and in the place of rightful heir.
I pray our prodigals will live like sons and daughters of the King, no longer like slaves. May they recognize the wonderful heritage they have been given.
But when the time had fully come, God sent His son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem ________ who was under law, that he/she might receive the full rights of a son/daughter. Because ________ is a son/daughter, God sent the spirit of His Son into ________’s heart, the Spirit who calls out “Abba Father.” So ________ is no longer a slave, but a son/daughter; and since he/she is a son/daughter, God has made ________ also an heir.
To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin! The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
May our prodigal’s hearts always be quickened by the Holy Spirit to do what it right and just; not to lie. I pray they will not be proud or greedy but humble and generous with what God has given them. I also pray they will be diligent, hard workers and God’s blessing will be on them because they desire to see Him glorified.
To do what is right and just, ________, is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin! The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
There’s a certain amount of denying self that has to take place to totally gain Christ in the most abundant way. Our thoughts of what we “value most” must shift to that which is “most valuable”; what has eternal value.
May the prodigal see the value of placing Christ above any status, material possessions, or educational goals. Our desire is that they would count it all rubbish compared to having Him.
What is more, ________ considers everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus his/her Lord, for whose sake he/she has lost all things. ________ considers them rubbish, that he/she may gain Christ.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your Word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
We live in an impure, greedy and self-serving society; constantly bombarded with the temptation to fulfill selfish desires. The only way to keep our way pure is to stay in the Word. If we will seek the Lord with an honest heart He will keep us from straying. Hiding His word in our hearts is crucial to success in all types of temptation.
I pray the prodigal will experience a life in the Word, seeking after God. May they discover the huge difference it makes when they hide that word in their heart and draw on it in times of temptation.
How can ________ keep his/her way pure? By living according to your Word. ________ seeks you with all his/her heart; do not let him/her stray from your commands. ________ has hidden your Word in his/her heart that he/she might not sin against you.
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.
We are tempted to act on our own behalf most of the time. The “fight” in us can rise up, sometimes to our detriment. But, if we will wait…. wait on Him to act on our behalf, circumstances could change for us. Certainly our perspective will change about the circumstance.
My prayer today is that the prodigal will learn the skill of patiently waiting. There is no one like our God and the universe still responds to His commands. How great to know He is in their corner.
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of _________ who waits for you.