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! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.”
We all have loved ones heavy on our hearts as prodigals from God. They have heard the gospel of Jesus and the truths of the Bible, but like the prodigal son in Jesus’ parable, they have chosen their own way. How we yearn that they would come home to the arms of the Heavenly Father. Yet they continue in smug waywardness, living on their own terms, disregarding the Lord and Savior who gave His life so that “whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
A time of great hardship enveloping his life finally brought the prodigal to his senses and the end of himself, turned his heart toward his waiting, loving father, and he came home.
The coronavirus pandemic and its social and economic aftershocks are shaking the world like most of its population has never experienced. What an opportunity for God to use to bring arrogant, self-reliant prodigals finally to their senses, that they would be broken of their arrogant, self-reliant defiance of Him and come home to His loving embrace of forgiveness and grace in Jesus Christ.
Whom will you pray for today that the Lord would use the present crisis to shaken and awaken their hearts, that they would return to Him and come home?