The Prodigal Son - Part 1

OPENING PRAYER

Father, forgive me for my sin. May I rest in your grace  today.

 

READ: Luke 15:11-16

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 

 

REFLECT

For some it’s hard to imagine being lost. Some have been found for so many years, the feeling of what it’s like to be lost seems so far away. Maybe you’ve been “found” for so long you can’t remember what it was like for the son in this story. Others of us can remember very clearly that moment. Jesus said the son, “longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating…” (v. 16). Now that’s rock bottom. Some of us have been.  We know exactly what it feels like to be the son in Jesus’ story, the bad decisions he made, the moment he hit rock bottom, the feeling of being completely lost. Regardless of our story or background, many of us don’t have to look very far to find someone in our life that fits the description in Jesus’ story; lost, hungry, hurt, impacted by one’s own bad decisions and seeking desperately to be found.

 

APPLY

Who do you know that is like the son in Jesus’ story? How can you reach out to them? How can you use your story to reach out and help them?

 

CLOSING PRAYER

Father, at one point in my life I was lost, just like the son in the story. Use me and my story to reach someone in my life that is lost.