In Luke 15:11-32, a son decided to selfishly take His father’s inheritance for the desire to live a better life. In this parable, we learn that the son had to shamefully come back home, because he realized his life with his father was better than living on his own. It was better than living in a pig sty for food and clothes. He left his father’s house with money and returned home with only the shirt on his back. He had nothing to give but himself. This story is filled with bad decisions, regret, prayer, and a father’s love.
Many Christian artists have written songs about the prodigal son, and the love that the father showed upon his return. Laura Story, a young Christian artist, wrote a song called, “Prodigal”, and in her song she tells a story of a father who is desperately awaiting for his son’s return. The father used to go to the ballpark every day, but, since his son’s disappearance, he prays on his front porch, rocking in his chair, wondering where is son is. “He is watching, and he is hoping” and “though his eyes are weary, his arms are still open” as “his prayer so softly spoken” begging his son to “come home”. The father “longs to see his face in younger skin running down the driveway again”. The father is crying out to God saying, “It was just a disagreement. Why did my son leave?”
An American Christian rock band, 7eventh Time Down, wrote a song referencing the prodigal story called, “The One I’m Running To”. It tells about a married couple with three children struggling to pay the bills, and they are both working multiple jobs to make ends meet. The financial situation is putting a strain on the marriage and their family. Their faith is running low, and they need of a miracle. During the middle of night, exhausted from crying, they get on their knees declaring that they will never run from God, but run towards Him. They know He is their “only Hope who satisifies [their] heart[s]”. They know deep down that God is “everything that’s good and right and true.” Their faith keeps them strong in their circumstances.
Another popular rock Christian band named Kutless wrote a song called, “Come Back Home”. In this song, it is encouraging the prodigal to come home. It challenges the person who is lost and reckless, to find freedom in his or her situation. Just like in Luke 15:20-21, it tells the prodigal to “come back home” because “I’ll be running out to meet you”. In this parable, the father forgives his son and runs toward him with open arms.
We all relate to one of these songs that tells a story of broken people who simply Jesus. Maybe you are the one waiting for the prodigal son or daughter to come home. Or the one struggling to keep your faith in a difficult situation. Or the one who is the prodigal child struggling to return home. No matter which story relates to you the most, it is never too late to pray for God in a hopeless situation. It is never too late to come home to a Father who loves you unconditionally. The Father’s arms are opened wide desperately waiting for your return.
The Father is answering your prayers in His perfect timing. If you are the father on the porch praying for your son or daughter to return home, keep on rocking. If you are the child who needs to make the journey home, take the first step in the right direction.