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The Long Way Home

  • He arose, and came to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I 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. Put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.' Luke 15:20 WEB

    Jesus once told a parable that became known as "The Prodigal Son." It is about a young man who grew tired of waiting on his father to die, and demanded his inheritance early. Graciously the father gave it to him. The son immediately left for a faraway country and blew all the money on 'riotous living' and prostitutes. When the money was all gone, so were his friends, and he ended up working on a pig farm. Starving, barefooted, and feeding swine that were considered unclean, it was as low as a young Jewish man could go.

    While at rock bottom, he "came to his senses" and decided to go home and work for his father as a servant. He felt that he was no longer worthy to be called a son. When the father saw him coming down the road, he ran out to meet him, hugged him and kissed him, before the son could even say a word.

    The father placed the best robe on him, a ring on his finger, and shoes on his feet. Then he held a feast to celebrate his son coming back home. The father in the parable was not interested in the long, sad story that the son had put together for him. The only thing that mattered was that his son was now safely back home.

    When we stumble in life, we often act like this son. We hang our head down, feeling that we are no longer worthy to be His child, no longer worthy to pray, or even attend church. We stop talking to Him, withdraw, and give up on the plans that God had for our life. All the while, God is waiting with open arms for us to 'come to our senses.'

    You are His child and the moment that you turn back to God, He comes to meet you with open arms. You do not have to do a lot of explaining for He understands and He will be happy to have you back with Him again. He will restore you completely as His child, and His plan for your life will resume, as soon as you ready.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I so thank You for Your gracious mercy. You are so good to me and I just want to know You even more. Please help me learn to follow You closer and keep me from becoming distracted, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chron 7:14). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

May 15
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Thank you Lord for the compassion and love you give and show me everyday!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen!!

May 15
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Amen,  what a loving  God, Thank you Jesus! 

May 15
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen.

May 15
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! we love you Lord! thank you for all that you do your grace and your mercies!

May 15
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!!

May 15
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen!

May 15
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

May 15
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen!

May 15
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for all our blessings. Amen 

May 15
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen  praise God ! What a great devotion

May 15
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you God for your mercy and Love.  Praise God. Amen

May 15
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father, Amen!

May 15
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Elaine Tomasello
Elaine Tomasello

Thank You Father! Amen!

May 15
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Thank You Father for all Your blessings, forgive my sins and lead me to be closer to You every day of my life. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. Don't let me be distracted oh Lord. 

Thank you Pastor for this devotional God bless you. 

May 15
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! Pastor Dion, your message on the "Prodigal Son" really made me think: I'm sure that there are many of us that are parents who have prodigal children, that have lost their way - that have wandered away - that are doubting - that are bitter due to outside circumstances, broken relationships, etc... And, there is only one thing left for us to do which is to constantly lift them up to the Lord in prayer! Oh Lord God, dear heavenly Father I lift up, consecrate and rededicate all of our children that have wandered away - that they may return to You! Please restore them and renew their spirit and give them a new heart, for it is in the most holy name that I ask and pray, Amen!

May 15
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

May 15
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

May 15
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

May 17