Isaiah 40:31 The Message
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.
If I need strength I usually try to muster it up, take more vitamins, work out, lift some weights, you know, do something! Actually God says we find strength when we wait; wait on Him. Waiting on the Lord includes a quiet expectation that God will fulfill His promises and give us strength to rise above life’s difficulties. It means to live from a place of rest and trust.
I pray the prodigal is learning how to trust God to help them rise and soar, not their own efforts. I pray they learn the skill of waiting on the Lord and in that, find fresh strength.
Isaiah 40:31 The Message
But ________, who waits upon God, gets fresh strength. ________ spreads his/her wings and soars like an eagle, ________ runs and doesn’t get tired, he/she walks and doesn’t lag behind.
1 Timothy 6:12a NLT
Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you…
Christianity is not a passive religion. Paul encourages Timothy, instead, to have an active faith, obeying God with courage which takes training. Sometimes it is a fight. That’s why we must always be developing skill. We can even fight from a place of rest when we know who has our back.
I pray the prodigal will learn what it means to have an active faith…one that “holds tightly” to the eternal life they are promised. I pray that they will not back down because they know who God is for them.
1 Timothy 6:12a NLT
Fight the good fight for the true faith, ________. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you…
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
My prayer for the prodigal today is that they will soon be asking God for these very things. (Until then, I will ask on their behalf) I pray His unfailing love and great compassion will capture their heart.
Have mercy on ________, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out his/her transgressions. Wash away all _________’s iniquity and cleanse him/her from his/her sin.
2 Kings 17:39
Worship the Lord your God; it is He who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.
Disaster fell on Israel when they disobeyed God and allowed idols to remain in their lives. They were then tempted to worship these idols and turned away from God. He had to correct their hearts and thinking with harsh results. We, too can be taken into captivity by the enemy if we aren’t careful to keep our eyes on the Lord, tearing down any idols that are competing with Him in our lives.
Worshiping God lifts us to a place of walking in triumph; we focus on the One who is our creator, redeemer and refuge. Because of it’s power in the life of a believer, worship intimidates the enemy. He desires not only to steal, kill and destroy but to keep the strongest of God’s children from true worship; he works hard at robbing us of it.
I pray the prodigal will learn how to worship, pushing back the darkness the enemy would have engulf them. May they recognize any false idols that are present in their life. I pray they will be delivered from all their enemies because of worshipping the Lord their God.
2 Kings 17:39
Worship the Lord your God ________; it is He who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.
Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Even when on a better path, the prodigal will face trials of varying difficulty and length, that’s just part of life as a child of God. At times, God seems to ask, “do you trust me with this?” Perseverance will teach them how trials can be an opportunity for joy. We really don’t know the depth of our character until we come under pressure. Testing also has a way of maturing us.
I pray that the prodigal is learning to have joy as their faith is tested. May they gain the maturity that comes from persevering through these tough times, lacking nothing.
Consider it pure joy, __________, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statutes, O Lord; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.
If you’ve ever hiked in the mountains along a rocky path you know it’s not wise to run or to veer off the path. The rocks can be slippery and a fall could be at most disastrous and in the least, embarrassing. Life can be much like a rocky mountain path, there are things along our way that can trip us up, even be disastrous if we are not wise in the way we walk.
God has set boundaries for us, through His Word, that smooth the path ahead and give us guidelines for our walk through this life. Freedom is in the boundaries God has set for us. If we live by those boundaries, we can safely run and enjoy this life of freedom in Him!
My prayer for the prodigal is that they have chosen the way of Truth and discovered there is freedom in Christ. The boundaries may have be set, yet there is an amazing amount of room along His path to run and enjoy life.
_________ has chosen the way of truth; he/she has set his/her heart on your laws. ________ holds fast to your statutes, O Lord; do not let him/her be put to shame. ________ runs in the path of your commands, for you have set his/her heart free.
If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come to His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will reward each person according to what he has done.
In an “instant” world, it’s hard to delay gratification, let alone totally deny ourselves. The concept of denying ourselves to the point of shouldering a cross and following Christ is a difficult concept in our part of the world. Our “first world” problems would be laughable to those who are persecuted regularly for their devotion to Christ. As the days get more evil, I feel certain we will have opportunities to deny ourselves and take up our cross. I pray I am ready and willing.
My prayer for the prodigal is the same. May they walk out of these uncertain and trying times in the pit, totally committed to the cause of Christ. So committed that they would never deny Him but would rather deny themselves. I pray they discover Him worth giving up the world for and in exchange find life.
If ________ would come after me, he/she must deny himself and take up his/her cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his/her life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it. What good will it be for ________ if he/she gains the whole world, yet forfeits his/her soul? Or what can ________ give in exchange for his/her soul? For the Son of Man is going to come to His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will reward ________ according to what he/she has done.