Written by Carl C.
“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” Luke 15:21
Have you ever given thought to the prayers of this father? The fact that he was always watching for his son’s return speaks of stress and agony. But, it also speaks of his belief in a God who not only hears his prayer, but answers his prayers. Do you think this father might have prayed, “What ever it takes Lord, but cause him to come home!” Many times in my life I have prayed like that for a friend or family member. It is heart crushing, it is agonizing, as none of us desire to see anyone we love to be taken to the very lowest of life. But in this Bible story, we see that this is what it took to bring this son to his senses. This is what it took to make him realize what he had thrown away and turned his back on. And like this father, I too have rejoiced when one I have prayed for comes back! Back to Jesus, back into the will of God, back into the family where they belong. I am thankful for those in my life who loved me enough to pray those difficult prayers for me when I went the way of a prodigal son.