Verse of the Day – Matthew 6:7-8

“When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

Matthew 6:7-8 (NRSV)

Prodigal Thoughts: Have you ever had an experience where you begin praying and words just won’t come out, whether it is because of overwhelming emotion or just not sure how to put the words together. Our Father knows what is in our hearts, but the purpose of prayer is to communicate. Perhaps the “Gentiles” prayed from a head knowledge on top of wanting to be heard by others. Our heads have a limited amount of knowledge, but God speaks the heart. Through our hearts, He gives so much more knowledge and wisdom. It is in our souls that the Holy Spirit dwells. It’s almost as if the Holy Spirit resonates in our hearts as to what to pray. As if the Holy Spirit in us is communicating to God the Father. When you pray, don’t worry if you can’t find the words or are overwhelmed by tears. The Holy Spirit prays in groans that we cannot understand. In fact, Romans 8:26-27 says, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”

Prayer for today: I pray that we would seek the heart of God when we pray. That we would practice asking the Father what He desires to hear from His children. I pray that we would experience the Holy Spirit groaning on our behalf and that our heavenly Father would hear the selfless prayers of His little ones.

If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.

God’s grace and peace be with you always…

Verse of the Day – Micah 6:8

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Micah 6:8 (NRSV)

Prodigal Thoughts: I often get the impression from all of the media outlets (news, social, etc.) that verses such as this are lost on this world. When I read this verse and see the world (church folks included) and I see how we are treating each other, it just breaks my heart. There is so much pride and hate spewing from our collective mouths. Maybe it comes from thinking we have the “right” to express our thoughts and feelings. Perhaps it boils down to the idea that we think we know better. There is only One who is wise. Much to our dismay, it is not us. If we have called upon the name of Jesus Christ to save us, we have given up our citizenship in the world and are citizens of the Kingdom of God. Shouldn’t we speak with kindness and compassion in our words? Shouldn’t we consider others, whether they believe in God or not, as Christ considers them? Let us seek humility and kindness. Justice will come at the hand of God the Father. Let us not stand in the way of others coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Prayer for today: I pray that we will outwardly reflect to others the internal change that God has and is making in us. That we would be slow to speak unless it is to encourage and otherwise share the gospel of grace and love. I pray that in unsettling times as we are living in, that we are not overwhelmed by the present darkness, but choose to be a light and that God would allow us to shine brightly.

If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.

May God’s compassion and kindness dwell in our hearts…

Why “Prodigal Thinker”?

A “Prodigal” is someone who spends resources freely and recklessly.

I gained my inspiration for “Prodigal Thinker” from the parable found in the bible in Luke 15. One of the sons asks his father for his inheritance before his father’s death. (Almost to say that he didn’t care if his father was dead or not.) The father granted the request and the son left and spent his inheritance frivolously. The son finds himself living among pigs and thinks to himself that perhaps he could return to his father’s house as a servant but figures he would never be restored to his previous status. When the son returns, his father runs out to greet him, welcomes him home, wraps a robe around him (restoring him as his son) and throws a huge celebration. I am just like that prodigal son. I ran away from God’s arms and wasted huge portions of my life living outside of God’s plan for my life. Thankfully, I came to my “rock bottom”. A pig sty of an existence, but God welcomed be back into His Kingdom, back into His arms. Now, my hope is that I can share, give freely, of the love and grace that I have received.

Verse of the Day – John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”

John 14:27 (NRSV)

Prodigal Thoughts: The gospel writer of John gives some very comforting words as he is quoting Jesus. I know there are a lot of prayer needs between us all, some that have been graciously shared with me and some that weigh heavy on our hearts that have not been shared. In this passage, Jesus is covering some final teachings in the days leading up to His arrest, trial, and death. Multiple times throughout these teachings, He encourages us in this, “Do not let your hearts be troubled…” We need to take this encouragement and treasure it in our very souls. Whether we are fighting health issues, recovery from surgery, being overwhelmed and anxious, depression, or anything else that the world throws in our face, we can truly be at peace. God will redeem the situation. He will heal us and restore us. We just need to keep in mind that He remains in control and He knows best as to what needs to happen.  

Prayer for today: I pray that we would accept this gift of peace from our heavenly Father. That we would pray, not as to what we desire, but as Jesus prayed, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” 

If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.

May God comfort you with His peace…

Verse of the Day – 1 Chronicles 16:11

“Seek the LORD and His strength, seek His presence continually.”

1 Chronicles 16:11 (NRSV)

Prodigal Thoughts: Why is it so easy to slip back into thinking we can handle the burden of our own lives? Knowing that God can very easily handle any situation we face, we still have the temptation to hold on to the element of control. Do we seek to maintain control? Do we set out to discover as if we are on a quest? That’s what the word seek means. When life gets to be overwhelming as it has for me the past week or so, it is almost like a default setting to withdraw and just do my best to tread water instead of digging in my heels and seeking God all the more. I truly desire for my default setting to be seeking God no matter the circumstance. I don’t consider the past week as a failure. I consider it as a moment where God is allowing me to see that there are more places in my heart that need His presence and attention. 

Prayer for today: I pray that we would truly seek God with all of our heart and that we would trust Him with all things in our lives. I pray that we take a look at our tendencies when things are going awry and pray that God would intervene when we try to maintain control. 

If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.

May God’s strength and presence be your source…

Verse of the Day – Isaiah 25:1

“O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt You, I will praise Your name; for You have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” Isaiah 25:1 (NRSV) 

Prodigal Thoughts: How do we start our days? One friend of mine told me that before his feet hit the floor while getting out of bed, he thanks God for new mercies, breath in his lungs, and God’s presence in his life. Even before the dust of the day begins to cover his shoes, he is praising his heavenly Father for all of the people and situations he will encounter that day. Now, I’ll be honest. I am usually slow to wake up and I have to convince myself to get out of bed. Not that anything is wrong or bad, I just don’t sleep well. But when I take the time to thank God in the mornings and throughout the day, I don’t get near as overwhelmed or anxious. Sometimes it is small habits we make that can help order our thoughts and align our hearts with His. 

Prayer for today: I pray that we would begin to praise God first thing in the morning and continue to praise and thank Him throughout our days. That He would bless you and keep you, and make His light shine upon you. 

If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.

May the love of our Heavenly Father fill you…

Verse of the Day – Psalms 16:11

“You show me the path of life. In Your presence there is fullness of joy; in Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalms 16:11 (NRSV)

Prodigal Thoughts: David has written a poem (a miktam) to God and he is sharing it with us. He is openly communicating to God that He is David’s source for all things including protection, guidance, and wise counsel among other things. Knowing that David spent plenty of time ducking in and hiding in caves to keep away from King Saul, who was trying to kill him, David still joyfully devotes his life to God. Then we get to the part of the verse that is saying, “in Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” What is the meaning of Your right hand? It is a place of honor. Keep in mind that Christ is seated at the right hand of God the Father, Almighty. The right hand represents authority and power, but can also mean protection, provision, and mighty works. David had a hold of some amazing insight. 

Prayer for today: I pray that we would have the hearts that are seeking God’s heart and that our days are filled with thanksgiving and praise to our Father, even in the darkest moments. He is still protecting us. Father God doesn’t stop seeking after us. Oh, that we would seek Him as intensely as we once loved sin.

If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.

May God’s goodness shine on you…

Verse of the Day – Ephesians 6:12

“For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 (NRSV)

Prodigal Thoughts: The apostle Paul was writing to the church in Ephesus, encouraging us to put on the full armor of God so we are able to stand the battle we constantly face. We all know that we are constantly under attack and the side of evil is looking for any weakness we may have to gain a foothold in our lives, whether it is in our minds/thoughts, hearts/emotions, or in any other way possible. Thankfully, God is our strength and our protector. That said, we must do all that we can to be prepared for battle through prayer and relationship with our source of strength. Standing firm, shoulder-to-shoulder with our fellow Christians, God will lead us into battle and He will be victorious. 

Prayer for today: I pray that we would ready ourselves daily for what we might face. That we would solely depend on our God and Savior for the wisdom and protection we need to face our enemies. But also that we would have the love and compassion to pray for those who wish us harm.
If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.

God’s grace on you…

Verse of the Day – Proverbs 13:20

“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.”
Proverbs 13:20 (NRSV)

Prodigal Thoughts: Have you heard the phrase, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future”? It seems the interwebs are not exactly sure who this phrase is attributed to, but it still stems from this bible verse. Who are we building relationships with? Are we tending relationships that are life-promoting or are we spinning our wheels chasing relationships that are one-sided? When I was young, I enjoyed spending time with my grandparents as they just had a different perspective and pace toward life. As I grew a bit older, I enjoyed sitting down with them and hearing their stories of the way life used to be and how God had provided for them. They would brag on their Father without hesitation. Some of them may not have been the most educated, but they were very wise because they spent their time getting to know their God as they worked and played, laughed and cried, prayed and praised. We need to consider the source of all Wisdom and walk with those who bear the life-fruit of the cross.

Prayer for today: Today, I pray that we would seek out the wisdom of our Father. That He would fill us with the wisdom and knowledge that we need to live out the purpose He designed us to fulfill. I pray that we would join together as brothers and sisters in Christ to accomplish the mission at hand.

If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.

May the knowledge of and wisdom from our Father be a focal point of our daily lives…