Almighty God, please help prodigal individuals realize how valuable and significant they are to You and how You desire for them to experience Your love and glory (Isaiah 43:7). Your prodigal was created in God’s image. That fact gives them an innate worth. No sin, rebellion, no stain, no consequence, nothing at all can erase their innate value. God values your prodigal. In turn they were created to enjoy God and to glorify Him. Pray that your prodigal will be filled with a sense of their true worth – the worth and love that God has for them.
Heavenly Father, please create within prodigal souls a thirst for the “times of refreshing” they can experience in Your presence when they genuinely repent and return to You (Acts 3:19). John’s gospel records the events of the Samaritan woman at the well. Knowing her errand, Jesus asks her for a drink. Thus begins a conversation in which he offers here a fountain that never fails. She wants that water. The story ends with her believing and out of her belief and the testimony of Jesus many villagers believed as well. Let us pray for Spiritual Thirst to draw the prodigals to Him that they too might find a spring overflowing to eternal life.
Glorious Father, when people are battling difficulties that have been birthed through their own immoralities, please help them realize that when they turn to make You their “dwelling place,” You will often intervene to shield them from the consequences of their sins (Psalm 91:9-10). Consequences are the unavoidable result of every action. But they can also be unbearable reminders, and in some cases, barriers to hearing God’s voice. When King David publicly sinned, God made the consequences public. When Saul of Tarsus sinned, God swept away the consequences and set his new apostle up for the difficult but glorious task of Empire wide evangelism. We cannot always know what God’s plans are, but we can trust him. As we cry out for the prodigals to make God their refuge, let us also cry that he will choose to deliver them from all the evil that would threaten to come against them. “For you have made the Lord, my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place. No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent.” (Psalm 91:9–10, NASB95)