…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. –Luke 15:20 NIV
Are you familiar with the story of the prodigal son? It teaches us about how Jesus will always welcome home the lost—no sin is too great for Him to forgive. It’s a story full of hope for every believer praying for the repentance and salvation of a lost loved one.
Maybe you are fervently praying for someone’s salvation and it seems like the person is such a long way off from Jesus. Maybe it seems like the person’s heart is so hardened. Be encouraged! In this story, a few words stand out, “But while he was still a long way off.” That’s right, the prodigal son was still a long way off from his father’s home. Yet, when the son turned from the world and turned toward his father, his father ran to embrace him, leading him the rest of the way home.
Just because someone seems a long way off, don’t give up. Keep praying. Jesus is running to meet the person where they are.
No matter what chapter of life you’re in, know that each day is an opportunity to make wise decisions based on God’s truths. Desire to make the Bible your most valuable book, so you won’t be unsteady in your faith. Life is like a book; however, your life in Christ does not end. It will continue even after your story here on earth has been told. Aim to live and leave a godly legacy, as Jesus did— for family, friends and others to follow.
Pray that your loved ones turn toward Jesus.
Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in praying for the lost.