Blessings are the words of life. So, why wouldn’t we pray blessings for others? With whom are you most concerned in your current hard circumstance or season? I suspect that if someone has harmed you in some way in your current season, they could benefit from prayers of blessing – whether you think they deserve it or not.
We can bless or we can curse, and of course, we would never want to curse anyone. So, we choose to bless, extending prayers of mercy and grace on the behalf of others – including the prodigal if you have one.
The prodigal can benefit greatly from your prayers of blessing – just as anyone else who put you into a season of betrayal, trauma, or pain of some kind. Prayers of blessing is a completely different way of praying than how I prayed for our prodigal. Remember I said I prayed every day that our prodigal would be miserable in her sin? I truly thought this was a good way to pray. Our prodigal later confirmed that she was miserable while away, but it’s possible I was in error and should have prayed blessings upon her.
What does this tell me? God answers the prayers of your heart’s desire no matter how you think you should pray to accomplish it. Because it’s not about what you do or how you go about it as if God requires a certain system. It’s about God’s grace and His perfect design. We participate through prayer. Prayers of blessing is participation. It is faith action with a more positive approach. I’m all about positivity!
Points to Ponder:
- Should we pray harsh consequences upon those who make sinful choices?
- Does God punish with harsh consequences when they (and we) go astray?
- Are we joining Him in praying His will for those hard consequences to occur in the life of another?
- Should we, rather, pray blessings instead?
Let us consider how your shepherd leads you. He doesn’t use force. The shepherd guides and calls with the voice you recognize (because you know Him through time in prayer and in His Word – or you should). Your shepherd doesn’t lasso your neck with a rope and pull you onto the right path if you stray. He uses His staff to gently tap you back onto His path. For the one completely lost for a while , as with the prodigal, He goes and finds them. Then, He brings the lost sheep back to the fold, carrying them on His shoulders with care and protection.
Then there’s the argument that the wayward one isn’t listening to God. They often don’t care on i-ota about what God says or thinks. History confirms that sometimes God blesses people who reject Him. It doesn’t seem logical, but that’s how it is with the ways of God. His ways are not our ways, and there are some things we will never understand while here on earth.
Does He “wish” or force the lost sheep to fall into harsh circumstances because it wandered away?
God told me to show our prodigal His love. He didn’t say how I was to pray. But, pray we did, beyond our usual devotion to the Lord through prayer. Every step of the way, before every single large decision and teensy-tiny one, throughout all the days our daughter was on walkabout. (And, the prayers continue, mixed with tons of praise. It pretty much woke us up to praying with fresh relevance and purpose for every season.)
When someone recently mentioned praying blessings upon another, I couldn’t shake the feeling that there’s something to it. I wondered how praying blessings would look.
For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield. (Psalm 5:12)
God’s shield protects your prodigal from damaging sins and circumstances, from unexpected danger, and from harm to themselves and others.
By your favor you make us strong. (Psalm 89:17)
The Lord can make your prodigal strong of character, giving them meaningful life purpose and a new path of wholesome, Godly direction.
Who wouldn’t desire their prodigal to receive the new heart and spirit God is giving them? That’s a beautiful thing to pray for your child – or any other, for that matter.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
A life of blessing humbles the Christian, bringing them back into right focus again. I believe that is God’s purpose for giving us grace. God is able to bring your prodigal to good works again, giving them a ministry, a life of faith and holy purpose. It is our privilege to pray for that.May you be built up, not torn down; planted, not uprooted. May you return to God with all your heart. (Jeremiah 24:6-7) Click To Tweet
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If you have a prodigal, read my post A Freebie for Parents of a Prodigal where you can get Scripture Prayers for the Prodigal
So, what about you? Do you bless others (or your prodigal) with your prayers? Or, is this something new, and will you now notice many scriptures of blessing as you read and study?
Because He lives,
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