Luke 15:13, 18-24 NKJV – Welcome Home!

“And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living” “I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.’”

Verse 18: And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.

The Lord has blessed me so much with a calling into a ministry of prayer. I’ve said before that God has been working in me for a long time and has now opened up incredible opportunities to pray for others. Recently, God did just that again. I was able to pray for someone who had walked away from God for quite some time and now has come to the realization that a relationship with God was what his life was missing. Glory to God!

The Bible teaches us that God never leaves us, nor forsakes us. God also gives us the ability to make our own choices. Sometimes those choices are not the best. We all make terrible choices from time to time. We think we can handle the world and all of its wickedness and sin. Then one day it catches up with us and we realize we can’t. We realize the world is overpowering us. We realize we need something better, something that gives us hope and someone who can forgive us, restore us, and set us right. It happened to me and it happens every day across this world.

Our foundational Scripture today is the “Story of the Prodigal Son”. Here we see the son, squandering his inheritance to the point where he has nothing left. The story goes on to say that he decides to return home to his father and ask his father’s forgiveness. And all he wants in return is to be like one of his father’s servants. To the son, it sounded like a great plan. At least he would have something to eat and a place to rest.

We all know the result. He is welcomed home by his father and given a special place again in the family because his father had compassion on his son. His son was lost and now was found. Look here at what God’s Word says about how this event transpired. God is seeing us from still a great way off. God has not given up on us and never will. And God’s compassion is never ending and He runs towards His own as hard and fast as we run to Him. Then God is ready to restore us more than what we think He will. An aspect of God’s nature is reflected in His sympathetic and compassionate understanding of human weakness and His restoration of those in trouble. He opens His arms, embraces us and says, “Welcome Home!” I say again that I was so blessed in praying for someone not unlike the “Prodigal Son” and now he has returned to the Father for forgiveness and restoration. I believe that his restoration will be more than he expected. Glory to God!!!

Dear Lord, thank You that You are always with us and never leave us. Thank You Lord that Your grace and mercy are made known in Jesus. May we never forget the blood sacrifice of Your Son that gave us the pathway to Your mercy and grace. Forgive us Lord when we walk away to do our own thing. Restore us Lord into a right relationship with You. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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