Once upon a time – there was man who had been given the gift of a most precious son. The boy was very blessed and intelligent and had a most creative mind. He was highly favored by God, an ideal son, and very obedient in every way. God had favored this young man with many special gifts and he was set apart for God’s purposes. The young man was taught to follow his Heavenly Father and His ways and was always choosing paths that would be pleasing to his earthly father as well as his Heavenly Father.
One day, the son began to be drawn away and enticed by the world around him. The enemy of his soul began to whisper lies into his mind and his heart began to change. It was a slow fade, but over time he became a completely different person. The enemy of his soul began to steal him, kill him, and destroy him right before his father’s eyes.
The boy moved far away from his father and began to live at a distance and he became someone that his loving father didn’t even recognize. The father was distraught and completely heart broken for his son. He was overwhelmed with sadness and concern, but he continued to reach out to his son and show him love. The father never turned his back on his son and he began to pray night and day for him and to go to war with this enemy of his son’s soul.
One dark night in the early morning hours, the phone rang. The son was in danger and crying out for help. He was in a far far away place – many miles and many hours from home. The son was fearful and began to cry out for help because the enemy of his soul was seeking to destroy him and hold him in bondage. Just like always, his father was ready to catch him when he fell and to come to his rescue no matter what. So the father went to battle with the enemy and left his home in the middle of the night and set out on a rescue mission to rescue his son. His nonstop journey took him through 5 states and over 1600 miles, but it was worth every effort to save his son. Even though it was very difficult and exhausting, it was all for love. This never ending love that the father had for his child was the driving force, because the father was willing to lay his own life down.
Our Heavenly Father is faithful and hears our prayers. That is why this earthly father continues to pray for his son. The full deliverance chapter of this story has yet to be written and the son is still choosing to live far away from his Heavenly Father. But, his earthly father continues to intercede for him night and day and to cling to God’s promises. He stands in the gap for his son and knows that the heart of the Heavenly Father is full of relentless love for the prodigal.
“The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made.” ~ Psalm 145:8-9
This story of this earthly father and his lost son is a picture of the Heavenly Father’s heart. Our Heavenly Father will stop at nothing to rescue His lost child and no distance is too far and nothing is too impossible. He laid down His own life all for the sake of love and He is ever interceding for His child. We have a good good Father that never slumbers or sleeps and He is faithfully watching for the prodigal to return home.
“But while he was still a long way off, his Father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; He ran to His son, threw His arms around him and kissed him…Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate.” ~ Luke 15
This is the LOVE of the Father’s Heart!
“A Father’s heart that’s for me
A never ending story
Of love that’s always chasing me
His kindness overwhelming
And hope for me unending
He’s never given up on me”
“Faithful To The End”
(Brian Johnson, Hannah McClure, Joel Taylor, Paul McClure)
If you know of a prodigal son or daughter and you are waiting for their return – please be encouraged and know that your Heavenly Father is interceding for this child. He is calling you to join the battle with Him and to be persistent in the place of prayer for the heart of your son or daughter. We serve a miracle-working God!
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” ~ 3 John 4
If you are a prodigal son or daughter that once lived close to the Father but have now chosen to live at a distance – please remember how great His love is for you. His mercy endures forever and He wants you near Him. He is watching and waiting for your return.
His love is relentless and He wants to rescue you because He delights in you!