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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 to 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.

“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, Luke 15:11-17. (Read the entire passage through verse 32).

The son had a foggy image of his heritage. Yes, he experienced difficult times because of his choices. In families, these same issues occur; it can be discouraging, disheartening and frustrating. But we can pray for the person to obtain the mind of Christ, Philippians 2:5.

Yet, the father continued looking for his son's return, even though it seemed improbable. The father was filled with compassion when he saw his son. He threw his arms around him and kissed him. Judgment never entered the conversation, Luke 15:20.

Persevere in prayer and praise when things don't pan out the way we initially hoped or have a longer manifestation time than desired. See other examples in "Fully Persuaded Faith", on

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