(Luke 15:11-12) 

I was just thinking of the story of the Prodigal Son. Have you ever considered how we are so much like the sons in this parable? This parable is one of the most familiar and beloved of all Christ's parables. There are many lessons we can learn from this parable. The main character is the younger brother, who depicts many of us today. We are not satisfied with what The LORD has done in our lives. We are safe, saved, we have our health, provisions, peace, and protection. All these things He has graciously given us (Phil.4:19), yet we become victims to the seducer and fall victim of Satan’s oldest trick, the lust of the flesh (1 John 2:16).  

As in the parable, we go to our Heavenly Father and pray for His blessings. He abundantly and graciously grants us our heart's desires (Ps.37:4). Then we soon abandon wisdom, prudence, and the Holy Spirit in the handling of our blessings. And we find ourselves a victim, helpless, hungry and almost hopeless. All the while, our all-knowing Heavenly Father watches and waits patiently until the time we come to ourselves and return to Him (Lk.15:17).

Then there's the Prodigal’s brother who remained at home (Lk.15:29). He serves the Father physically but half-heartedly. He refuses to join in his father's celebration and joy in the return of his son.  He shows contempt, not real love, over the return of his father's lost son's repentance. He disregards the fact this is his brother, who once was lost is now found (Lk.15:30-31).

We have all been prodigal people one time or another, either at home or away, mentally, physically, and most unfortunately spiritually.  Luke 15:28 helps us to examine ourselves. How do you respond when you see a repentant sister or brother return to the fold (Lk. 15:7, 10)? Or, is it just about the fish and the loaves of bread? Which Brother are you? 

Think on these things…

Pray for Pastors everywhere

— Sister Catherine Raphael