Prodigal Son Part 2
Prodigal Son: A Challenge for any Christian Parent or Grandparent
Prodigal Son - One of the most heart-wrenching experiences for a Christian parent or grandparent is to witness a child’s rebellion against Christ. Helplessness can turn to hopelessness and hopelessness can turn to despair. Often, the more a parent tries to return a child to Christ, the more the child runs away from his or her Christian roots. The “prodigal experience” (the emotionally-charged relationship between a Christian parent and a rebellious child) is a universal challenge to Christian faith.
Prodigal Son: Christ’s Parable is a Comfort to All
The Parable of the Prodigal Son in the Gospel of Luke is familiar to all of us. In part, it’s the story of a rebellious son who rejects his father’s upbringing. Prideful and strong, the son heads-off to a far-away land, leads a wild life of adventure, and squanders everything of value (literally and symbolically). Not until he’s confronted with failure and despair, does he return home, repentant and willing to do anything to win back his father’s favor. To his surprise, and the surprise of others, he’s welcomed, without question, into his father’s loving and forgiving arms. No amount of time, no amount of money, and no amount of rebellion could get in the way of the father’s unconditional love for his returning son.
For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry (Luke 15:24).
As many of us know, the primary focus of this parable is God the Father and the general rebellion of His children. It’s a beautiful story of God’s patient grace and His willingness to welcome each of us home into His loving and forgiving arms. However, as with many of Jesus’ teachings, this parable also has direct application for 21st Century Christians. When viewed in the context of today’s “prodigal experience,” the parable shows Christian parents and grandparents the power of unconditional love and the ultimate reward of foundation, faith and forgiveness.
Prodigal Son: Hope Through Prayer
With the Parable of the Prodigal Son as a prologue, the purpose of this website is to give Christian parents and grandparents hope and encouragement. Our message is patience, perseverance and, most importantly, prayer. It’s about viewing the “prodigal experience” as a spiritual process, which helps build and strengthen your faith in God’s plan for your loved ones. Hang in there, and turn it all over to God. Lead by loving example and avoid “preaching” to your prodigal at all costs. The Holy Spirit will use others to soften your prodigal and return him or her to the Father. Your most important role is prayer, prayer, prayer!
What is your response?
Yes, today I am deciding to follow Jesus
Yes, I am already a follower of Jesus
I still have questions