“As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given”…
Daniel’s prayer in Chapter 9 is a cry to the Lord for the forgiveness of his people. He is pleading and fasting on their behalf, asking that the Lord would look with favor on them once again. He calls on God to be merciful. While he was still speaking, Gabriel shows up and delivers this message. I envision all of heaven poised, just waiting to spring into action.
What a wonderful thought — when we pray a prayer that invoke’s God’s mercy, the instant we start praying, the answer is given. It may take some time for all the details to work out but we can be sure that He hears and is acting on our behalf.
I pray the prodigal will come to see their prayers being answered as they confess sin. They may not have a visit from Gabriel, but I pray they sense the Lord springing into action on their behalf.
“As soon as ________ began to pray, an answer was given”…
1 Peter 1:5-6
…who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
The word “shielded” is a Greek word translated — “garrisoned – a military post that is permanently established”.
Having a son who served in Afghanistan and under attack daily, I understand the value of a safe military post in the midst of the battle. His unit could always return to its safety; they knew it would be there for them.
Trials are a fact of life, but it’s a comfort to know, though we may walk through persecution and trials of all kinds, we are shielded (garrisoned) by the Father’s power. Because of our faith in Him, there is refuge when under attack. One day, this life will be behind us and we will be handed salvation… I can rejoice in that!
No matter what our prodigals may go through, by faith, they are established and shielded in the Father. Let’s pray that, even in the midst of suffering, they too will rejoice in what lies ahead.
1 Peter 1:5-6
________, through faith is shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this ________ greatly rejoices, though now for a little while he/she may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
Joshua 3:4a, 5b
Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before…. Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you….
I love the story of Joshua. He and Caleb were the only two of twelve spies who believed – with God’s help – they could conquer the inhabitants of their promised land. Now after 40 years, Joshua is back doing what he felt sure they could do all those years earlier.
God promised never to leave him and commanded him to be strong and courageous. When the ark moved, they were to move with it and take the land; it was the presence of God going before them.
Consecrate — to dedicate to a divine purpose.
As Israel stepped out, believing in God’s purpose, and dedicating themselves to the task, what awesome things they would see Him do.
I pray that the prodigal would see divine purpose in their present situation, though it may be new territory for them. I pray they would keep their eyes on Him as they confidently and courageously move forward.
Joshua 3:4a, 5b
Then ________ will know which way to go, since he/she has never been this way before…. Consecrate yourself ________, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things….
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
As a parent, we know our children are wonderfully made, so unique in temperament and talent. It is a great comfort to know that God knew them before we did, as they were being woven together in the womb. The book on their life was written from the very beginning and for our prodigals, the best years are ahead; He’s not finished with them yet!
I pray today that the prodigal will grasp the uniqueness that is theirs and realize a loving God has set their life in motion for great things. I pray they will rise to the calling on their life.
________ praises you because he/she is fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, ________ knows that full well. ________’s frame was not hidden from you when he/she was made in the secret place. When ________ was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw his/her unformed body. All the days ordained for ________ were written in your book before one of them came to be.
“If anyone is thirsty let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
There are many references in the Old Testament to springs and living water; instances where water was brought forth and quenched the thirst (Isaiah 55:1), dry land becoming springs of water (Isaiah 41:18), or drawing water with joy from the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:3) In Jewish custom, there was a ritual of pouring out of water on the last (and most important) day of the Feast of Tabernacles…
“It became Jewish custom on the last day to have a “pouring out of water” – Libatio aquae. A gold vessel was filled from the pool of Siloam and carried to the temple altar where it was poured out, before the Lord, with much joy and celebration.” (Dr. John Lightfoot)
Jesus probably used this moment as a visual of how the Holy Spirit would be living water pouring out of His believers. What a powerful picture that must have been for those who grasped it’s meaning.
We, who are followers of Christ, are the recipients of this source of living water. It should be our desire daily, to “flow out” on those who are hopeless, dry, thirsty and in need of a touch from the Father.
Let’s pray for the prodigal who is probably thirsty and in need of refreshing from the Lord, that whatever has stopped the flow within them will be opened up once more to pour out His goodness on all who come in contact with them.
“If ________ is thirsty let him/her come to Me and drink. ________, who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him/her.”
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
The church in Rome was under persecution. Paul’s advice to them in this chapter includes this short verse with a challenge. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on this verse:
“Rejoicing in hope- God is worshipped and honored by our hope and trust in him, especially when we rejoice in that hope… Patient in tribulation- Thus also God is served, not only by working for him when he calls us to work, but by sitting still quietly when he calls us to suffer… Observe, those that rejoice in hope are likely to be patient in tribulation. It is a believing prospect of the joy set before us that bears up the spirit under all outward pressure. Faithful in prayer- Prayer is a friend to hope and patience, and we do in it serve the Lord.”
Because of God’s great love for the prodigal, we have hope; and why not have some joy while resting in that hope! There is no excuse for being unfaithful in prayer. Prayers can be continually whispered as we go about our day.
I pray the prodigal will learn to live in this verse; that they can walk in hope and patience and be faithful in conversation with the Father.
________ – Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
“..no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and this is their vindication from me.” declares the Lord.
We are living in times that will require us to stand up for the Lord, and possibly face persecution because of our faith in Him. I pray that, as a believer in Christ, I would be able to refute anyone who accuses me. Our heritage is that no weapon forged against us will prevail!
Seeing the prodigal become a strong advocate for Christ is the desire of our hearts. Let’s pray, as they take a stand for Christ, nothing will prevail against them.
“..no weapon forged against _________ will prevail, and he/she will refute every tongue that accuses him/her. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and this is their vindication from me.” declares the Lord.