2 Corinthians 12:10
That is why, for Christ’s sake I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
The meaning of “delight” in this passage is ‘content with’. I don’t think we would ever say, “I’m being insulted and persecuted…this is awesome!” but, can we be content with those things being in our lives? Hardships cause us to lean heavily on the Lord, to draw on Christ’s strength. Filled with His strength we will be stronger than we could ever be on our own. So, we can handle weakness and difficulties when they are for Christ’s sake because His supernatural strength is ours.
My prayer today for the prodigal is that they can learn to be content as difficult circumstances swirl around them, ones where their weaknesses are exposed. I pray they will lean on the strength only Christ can give and be doubly strong.
2 Corinthians 12:10
That is why, for Christ’s sake, _________ delights in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when ___________ is weak, then he/she is strong.
One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.
David’s greatest desire was to live in God’s presence each day, in other words…intimacy. I think he would have liked to continuously live in the tabernacle because God’s presence was there. David made mistakes and he feared for his life, but he knew who to run to for forgiveness, restoration, and protection. He learned that in God’s presence was unconditional love and peace.
Thankfully we can have intimacy with Him because the presence of the Lord is inside of us. I pray the prodigal will have the desire to be in His presence, connected with Him, all the days of their lives.
One thing ________ asks of the Lord, this is what he/she seeks: that he/she may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his/her life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in His temple.
2 Samuel 7:25-26a
And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, so that your name will be great forever.
These verses are part of David’s prayer of thanksgiving after Nathan has given him a message from the Lord. God reminded David of all the plans He had for him since choosing him as a shepherd boy; plans for his sons, the kingdom of Israel, etc.
I love that David desired God’s keeping of those promises not so that his name would be great but so that God’s name would be great.
This is just a portion of David’s prayer of thanks. Earlier, verse 18 says, “Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed….” No wonder he was a man after God’s own heart!
God has plans for the prodigal, specific promises He has made to each one. We may not know all of those promises but I pray the prodigal does; that they recall them often, sit before Him in prayer and have a heart that desires God’s name to be great forever.
2 Samuel 7:25-26a
And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning _________ and his/her house. Do as you promised, so that your name will be great forever.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
A simple verse but powerful in promise! God is faithful and we can trust our prodigals into His hands. The prodigal has lessons to learn about standing up to the enemy with Christ’s authority as he relentlessly attacks their mind and body. I love that the Lord will not only strengthen them but also protect them while they are getting stronger in their walk with Him.
I’m praying the Lord’s strength and protection will be felt by the prodigal today.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect _________ from the evil one.
They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
Those who know Christ as Savior have access to the bread of life, living water, and the giver of rest. We shouldn’t wait until we are in distress to partake of these things so readily available to us.
I pray our prodigals, as they cry out to the Lord, are met with all they need to sustain them; even a place to settle down and call home!
________ was hungry and thirsty, and his/her life ebbed away. Then ________ cried out to the Lord in his/her trouble, and He delivered ________ from his/her distress. He led ________ by a straight way to a city where he/she could settle. Let ________ give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for him/her, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
Ephesians 1:4-7 NLT
Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to His dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins. He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
Holy, without fault, adopted, grace, freedom purchased, forgiven, with kindness showered on us….. all these things are ours, His chosen ones. I can do nothing to sway his thinking about me; it is His decision alone and His pleasure to do it! What amazing thoughts that humble me before Him.
I pray the prodigal will be captured by the thoughts contained in this verse. May they know God has taken pleasure in choosing them to be His and, in turn, live a life humbled before Him!
Ephesians 1:4-7 NLT
Even before He made the world, God loved ________ and chose him/her in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt ________ into his own family by bringing ________ to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure. So ________ praises God for the glorious grace He has poured out on him/her who belongs to His dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased ________’s freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave his/her sins. He has showered His kindness on ________, along with all wisdom and understanding.
O Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.
What would I do without God’s grace? Many times I have not received what I deserve and it’s because God was gracious towards me.
I pray for the prodigal to long for the Lord, to long to be in His presence and have His activity in their lives. I want them to long for Him because they recognize His love for them and His working on their behalf. Before they start their day, I pray they recognize the very breath they breathe is given by Him; may they come to daily depend on His strength and salvation.
O Lord, be gracious to ________; he/she longs for you. Be ________’s strength every morning, his/her salvation in time of distress.