July 9

Proverbs 3:3-4 (NLT)

Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people and you will earn a good reputation.

What great advice to all of us… let your life reflect loyalty and kindness; they go a long way, not only for our reputation but the reputation of God.

My desire is that the prodigal will always exhibit love and kindness toward people. I pray they will find favor with God (and man) because of their loyalty to Him and kindness shown to others.

Proverbs 3:3-4 (NLT)

Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you, ________! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people and you will earn a good reputation.

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July 8

Psalm 66:17-20 NLT

For I cried out to Him for help, praising Him as I spoke. If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw His unfailing love from me.

The enemy will try and convince the prodigal that God isn’t listening, doesn’t care for them and won’t forgive the sin in their life.

But, aren’t we thankful for a God who will not ignore the prayers of one who is contrite? He won’t ignore the prodigal in their most desperate time of need or withdraw His love from them. I’m praying for the day a cry mingled with praise comes from the prodigal’s lips to heavens door!

Psalm 66:17-20 NLT

For _______ cried out to Him for help, praising Him as he/she spoke. If _______ had not confessed the sin in his/her heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to _______’s prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore _______’s prayer or withdraw His unfailing love from him/her.

July 7

Mark 9:23b

“Everything is possible for him who believes.”

This is a great passage in which Jesus gives insight into belief. Immediately after Jesus makes this statement to the father of a young boy with an evil spirit, the father exclaims, “I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief!”

As a believer, we have powerful tools available but they are not magic, producing results that don’t line up with God’s will. “Everything” is possible, but not all things are in our best interest or to His glory. We must learn to overcome our unbelief in many areas and God will work to His glory. (Maybe we need to overcome some unbelief regarding our prodigals)

My desire is that the prodigal overcome any unbelief they might have about what God can do with their life, that the miraculous is for them. May they be strengthened in their belief and see impossible things start happening all around them.

Mark 9:23b

“Everything is possible for ________ who believes.”

July 6

Isaiah 44:21-22

Remember these things, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I have made you, you are my servant; O Israel, I will not forget you. I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.

In the previous verses, Isaiah has chastised Israel for the worship of idols they make with their hands instead of the creator who made them. He talks about taking the very wood used to heat their home and cook their meat to carve a god. How stupid is that? Yet, in these verses, God is telling His people that He hasn’t forgotten them He will forgive them for the offense of idol worship if they will just return to Him. We can be confident He will also sweep away our offenses and forget our sin; our idol worship.

I pray the prodigal will return to Him, ask forgiveness, and be amazed at the full redemption offered by a loving God.

Isaiah 44:21-22

Remember these things for you are my servant, ________. I have made you, you are my servant; ________, I will not forget you. I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, _______ , for I have redeemed you.

July 5

Psalm 141:4 

Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies. 

I’ve come to believe that disobedience is a heart issue. If our hearts truly love God and know that He loves us it’s not hard to do the right things, to be obedient and to die to fleshly desires. We need to constantly be checking our hearts and examining the desires and thought patterns that reside there.

The wicked have a way of making evil look deliciously tempting. I pray for the prodigal to have a heart that is turned toward the Lord and not drawn to evil. I also pray, that because God fully has their heart, He can easily move them to obedience, which in the end is much more fulfilling.

Psalm 141:4

Let not ________’s heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let _________ not eat of their delicacies.

July 4

Revelation 1:5b-6

To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father – to Him be glory and power for ever and ever!

On this Independence Day, my thoughts go to our forefathers and how important freedom was to them. They established our Republic based on that freedom for all.

We, as believers, are able to live free from the bonds of slavery to sin, with all rights to the Kingdom of God. We will still be tempted and give in to sin; we just don’t have to be a slave to it; thanks to the blood of Jesus! Not only are we free from being a slave, but He has elevated us to a new position.

Our prodigals (if they are believers) are already a kingdom and priests made to serve God. My prayer is that they will begin to live according to this high calling.

Revelation 1:5b-6

To Him who loves _______ and has freed _______ from his/her sins by His blood, and has made _______ to be a kingdom and priest to serve his/her God and Father – to Him be glory and power for ever and ever!

July 3

1 Peter 1:13-16

Therefore, prepare your mind for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 

With knowledge comes responsibility. As long as we are ignorant of what Christ has done for us on the cross we can live with worldly desires dominating our life. But….once we understand the concepts of grace, mercy and forgiveness, that changes. A life of holiness becomes our goal.

I don’t want the prodigal to continue to live in ignorance. I’m praying that these three things will soon be established in our prodigal’s lives as they move toward holiness:

“Prepare your mind for action” – Knowing what His Word says, is one way to prepare the mind. God’s love for us is active, thus we need to actively love Him and the world.  It will take different forms for each of our prodigals (and us) but it will be vital in days ahead that we be prepared to act when God speaks.

“Be self-controlled” – This is one of the most difficult things to do as a passionate lover of Christ. We must control our desires but also control our emotions. May love always win in our contact with non-believers!

“Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you” – Where will the prodigal set their hope?… in their job?… retirement?… husband/wife?… assets?… political figures?… the church? They must set their hope in Christ alone and His grace that will be revealed when they stand before Him. As believers we will spend eternity in His grace.

1 Peter 1:13-16

Therefore, ________ , prepare your mind for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As an obedient child, _______ , do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy _______ , in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”