Luke 15:11-16

Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

Bible Reading

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So, he divided his property between them. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So, he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.”

– Luke 15:11-16


We will divide this parable of the Prodigal Son into three sections. In this first section, we see the focus on a family with a father and two sons. The youngest son demands his inheritance early. The father allows his son to exercise his will even though he knows there will be heartache in the future for his son. So, this parable is about a “lost” son. When a son is lost, who suffers more, the son who is lost or the father who lost him? This son can represent a “lost” Gentile world or “lost” humanity. In either case, this story is about something that was “lost” being found.

The Big Question

What truth do we glean about God (the father) in the above passage? What truth do we glean about humanity in the above passage? Which of the two sons do you most relate to, and why?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence, reflecting on what God revealed to you today.