While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him. Luke 15:20
READ LUKE 15:11-24
When James and his Wife were going through a particularly challenging time with their son, a friend pulled James aside after a church meeting. “I want you to know that I pray for you and your son every day,” he said. Then he added: “I feel so guilty.”
“Why?” James asked. “Because I’ve never had to deal with prodigal children,” he said. “My kids pretty much played by the rules. But it wasn’t because of anything I did or didn’t do. Kids,” he shrugged, “make their own choices.”
James wanted to hug him. His compassion was a reminder, a gift from God, communicating to James the Father’s understanding for the struggle with his son.
No one understands the struggle with prodigals better than our heavenly Father. The story of the prodigal son in Luke 15 is our story and God’s. Jesus told it on behalf of all sinners who so desperately need to come home to their Creator and discover the warmth of a loving relationship with Him.
Jesus is God in the flesh seeing us in the distance and looking on us with compassion. He is God running to us and throwing His arms around us. He is heaven’s kiss welcoming the repentant sinner home (verse 20).
God hasn’t just left the porch light on for us. He’s out on the front porch watching, waiting, calling us home.
REFLECT & PRAY
We ask again today, Lord, that our prodigals would come home. James Banks is author of Prayers for Prodigals by Discovery House.
Our loved ones may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons—but they are helpless against our prayers. J. Sidlow Baxter