Tuesday -- July 22, 2014

Prayer 4 Prodigals

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The Prodigal Son is a reality for many of us.  In the journey of life, we soon realize there are no guarantees as Christian parents.  No matter how hard we strive to teach our children about God and His Word, some decide to reject it.  Even in those families where God is loved, trusted and glorified, children sometimes rebel and run from their roots!

The parable of the Prodigal Son in the Gospel of Luke is familiar to most of us.  It’s the story of a rebellious son who rejects his father’s upbringing.  Prideful and strong, the son heads off into the world and leads a wild life of adventure, and squanders everything of value (literally and symbolically).  When he is confronted with failure and despair, he returns home repentant and willing to do anything to win back his father’s favor.  To his surprise, he’s welcomed, without question, into his father’s loving and forgiving arms. “For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (Luke 15:24). Of course, the awesome message of this parable is that God is patient and gracious with all of His children.  He is willing to welcome each one of us home into His loving and forgiving arms.

The road to God for each Prodigal Son is different.  However, as the story above tells us, we should never give up – no matter how far away they seem!  God gives us examples in scripture so that we realize that our children may turn against God, but He also gives us instruction on how to dig into His Word and to be in constant prayer for our children.  The Prayer 4 Prodigals ministry wants to help you find hope in the midst of your prodigal experience through prayer.

We invite you to come forward after service on the last Sunday of each month for a special time of prayer as we come  before the Lord and intercede for our loved ones who are prodigals.