March 28, 2022



Luke 15:1-3; 11-32b

I sat and thought, ran and processed, opened Google and real books trying to find something unique or awe inspiring about the story of the prodigal son as it relates to prayer. How does prayer fit in these verses? How does it apply? What can I offer of interest that goes beyond what we already know?  

I went to Henri Nouwen’s book “Return of the Prodigal Son.” Much like Nouwen did, I sat with the Rembrandt “Prodigal Son” picture. Granted, I did not look at the 8-foot-high by 6-foot-wide original painting Nouwen absorbed for 4 hours, but I still sat with the figures as if they could whisper something amazing for me to offer you.  

I couldn’t help but wonder about each person’s prayer. What did the Father pray? The prodigal? The oldest son? Did any of them not pray? Were there prayers of reconciliation or of righteous indignation? Did they pray for deliverance or hope? Were the prayers whispered by someone at the end of their rope or pleading for safety and food? Were the prayers for themselves or someone else? 

Chances are that at one time or another, you have identified with one or more of the characters in this story. You have prayed for reconciliation. You have cried out in anger or frustration. You have asked God “Why?” Over the last two years, have you prayed for deliverance or hope? I know I have. Whatever your prayer is today, know that God is listening, and he wants to know what is on your heart and your mind.


Which character resonates with you today? What is your prayer? 


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