All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace. Isaiah 54:13 (NIV)
Many Christian parents agonise over their children, who have rejected the message of Christ and given their lives over to worldly living. Prayers for their child’s salvation, that started fervently, have weakened and may have completely disappeared. Seeing no evidence that their child is interested in Christianity, they have given up believing that it would be possible for their child to commit their life to Christ.
Take encouragement from the parable of the lost (prodigal) son in Luke 15:11-32. Read through the passage yourself. How does it make you feel about your child who has strayed so far from the truth? Yet this parable is not about an earthly parent welcoming back his lost son, it is about God’s eagerness to welcome into fellowship with him any who return to him.
Notice in the passage from Luke that it says:
‘… the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.
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. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.” So he got up and went to his father. 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 round him and kissed him.
Luke 15:13, 17-20 (NIV)
Remember that God has not given up on your child. He hopes that your child will come to their senses and understand the truth of the life being offered to them in Christ. God is eager to welcome them back.
Let the parable of the lost (prodigal) son renew your prayers for your child. Ask God that they may indeeed come to their senses and commit their lives to Christ.
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