If you’ve ever been into my study, you’ll have noticed a sketch by Charlie Mackesy, called “The Return of the Prodigal Son”, on my wall. It’s a beautiful depiction of arguably Jesus’s best-loved parable. As Mackesy summarises, “This is the story of the prodigal son. It should really be called the running father – who waited every day for his boy to return. The boy who had rejected him so badly – and finally, when he saw him from a long way off – his father ran to him and hugged him, and kissed him.”
Jesus told this parable to illustrate what God is like – the One who waits and longs for his children to come home, no matter what they’ve done or how far they’ve strayed. We’re called to be a church community who goes out and looks out for the prodigals, to call them home to their Father.
Weekly Prayer Guide
Growing in God
Reflect on the verses below. Thank God that he has welcomed you home to him. Pray that you would know him in a deeper way as your heavenly Father.
Loving each other
Pray for those within our church community who have drifted away from church and faith. Pray that they might come back home. How might you reach out to them?
Serving our community
Pray for the Pais team, for Youth For Christ and other evangelistic ministries in Coventry, as they communicate God’s love to the young people in our city. Pray that they see many people coming to know God as their Father.
Bible Verse for the Week
17 ‘When he came to his senses, he said, “How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.” 20 So he got up and went to his father.
‘But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms round him and kissed him.