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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 15:20-22 WEB.

    Jesus 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 his part to him. The son immediately left for a faraway country and blew all the money on riotous living, partying, and prostitutes. When his money was all gone, so were all of his friends. He ended up working on a pig farm. Starving, barefooted, and feeding swine that were considered unclean was as low as a young Jewish man could go.

    While at rock bottom, he suddenly "came to his senses," as we often do. The young man decided to go home and work for his father as a servant. He felt he was no longer worthy of being called his son. Yet, when the father saw his son coming down the road, he ran out to meet him, hugged and kissed him, before the son could even tell him the story he had come up with.

    The son was barefoot and destitute, but his father placed the best robe he owned on him. Then put a signet ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. His father then held a feast to celebrate his son coming back home. He chose to love and honor the son, far above and beyond what the son was seeking. The parable father was not interested in the long, sad story his son had put together for him. The only thing that mattered was that he was safely back home.

    When we stumble in life, we often act like the son in this story. We hang our heads down, feeling that we are no longer worthy of being called 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 your heart returns to God, He will come 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 your place 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. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ 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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Debi Burton
Debi Burton So true....... Amen! Praise the Lord Hallelujah!❤️
Feb 12
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter I am forever thankful that God forgives me when act like a prodigal daughter.
Feb 13
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

Feb 12
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

This story means so much to me. Thank you Dear God for your love. Bless my family. Praise God Praise Jesus Amen 

Feb 12
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Father I Thank You for Your love and forgiveness. Lord I praise You with my whole heart, Amen

Feb 12
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Oh gracious Heavenly Father, thank you for the many times you have saved me. You are my everything. AMEN

Feb 12
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you for your mercy Father, I love you

Feb 12
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Feb 12
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus Christ for all your love. Amen 

Feb 12
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask,Amen. 

Feb 12
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Feb 12
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Feb 12
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for Your forgiveness, mercy and grace!! Amen.

Feb 12
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You so much for Your loving kindness and forgiveness of me a sinner, as the prodigal son You are always ready to receive me and show me Your love. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen. Thank You Lord for all Your blessings, Amen. 

This message is right on point Pastor, God bless you both. Amen. 

Feb 12
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

The Prodigal Son is one of my favorite biblical stories in the New Testament, it reminds me of the time I also felt lost but was found and in that day, my life changed forever!  Thank you Jesus for finding me your lost sheep!  In your most precious name I pray, Amen!! Alleluia! Amen!!

Feb 12
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord, please help me overcome the distractions in my life, in Jesus's name I pray, amen. 

Feb 12
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

This is a beautiful story demonstrating the heart of our Father God Jehovah. He loves us so much that He is willing to forgive us immediately when we come to him for forgiveness. He never stops loving us even when we are not behaving as we should. God desires to have a very close relationship with us, His dear children. He loved us so much that He sent His only son Jesus Christ to die in our place, our death, so that we can be forgiven and be with Him in heaven when we die and are called home.

The enemy Satan tells us that we messed up too badly and that we can never be forgiven and our guilt often times confirms that we should not be forgiven, but the Father is waiting for us to admit our sins and just ask for forgiveness, and he waits with open arms

Amen, thank you, Pastor Dion for this devotion today!!

Feb 12
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Feb 15