Luke 15: 11 to 24 speaks of the prodigal son running away from his father’s house, and after coming to his senses returning to his home.During his
“wild time” the world gave everything he desired as described in Luke 15: 13-14 (NKJV) “…. there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.”Living
life in the flesh spending his inheritance on “wine, women and song”. Not realizing that the duration was just for a fleeting moment.No doubt once
his money ran out, so did his so-called friends.
His thought on the way home “Dad is going to hate me for all the stuff I have done but maybe if I repent and ask forgiveness he will find it in his heart to hire me.”Little did he know the love of a father to his child and how the returning son would be loved and reinstated to his former position as son and not as a slave.
As my wife and I were in early Morning Prayer, a dove was playing in the tree outside.A thought flashed through my mind about how homing pigeons always seem to find their way home even though they might be carried hundreds of kilometers away from their home roost.Upon release, they circle around getting their bearings and then head off to their home.God has placed in them some hidden beacon that brings them home.That God-given gift can be seen in migratory birds flying between continents and returning year after year.The monarch butterfly, born anywhere in North America, migrates to California even though it has never been there.
The instinct that God has installed within the birds or animals to return home, He has placed with our loved ones, our prodigals, who have wondered away.God’s word says in Jeremiah 3: 14-15 (NKJV) "Return, O backsliding children," says the Lord; "for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” And in Jeremiah 3: 22 (NKJV) “Return, you backsliding children, And I will heal your backslidings.”
As God has given the animals the natural instinct to find their way back home, so He has placed within every backslidden believer, who has tasted and seen the goodness of God, the natural desire to return to the living fountain.Our task is to pray for them, love them and allow God to clean them up.They are returning, we see in Romans 4: 17 (KJV) “and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”
Prayer: Father we pray for every backslider, we call them home in Jesus Name.Put Your hook in their jaws and reel them in.We thank you that you are married to the backslider.And we thank you that you hear our prayers by faith in Jesus Name.