I Don't Identify With The Prodigal. (Reflection & Prayer) 

I am no theologian. The Parable of the Prodigal Son is probably supposed to cast me as the prodigal for many theological reasons. I seem to remember hearing that it has implications for believers of Jewish and Gentile descent, in which case I would definitely fall in the "prodigal" category. But I also believe that God can speak to us in different ways through Scripture as long as it's consistent with His character as we know it through Scripture-based revelation. So, bear with me. 

A friend gifted me the "She Reads Truth : Lent" reading plan and the stated purpose of She Reads Truth is to get women in God's Word every day. Honestly if "she" (me) is being 100% honest, I have never been successful with the discipline of daily Scripture reading. There, I said it. I have the best of intentions, but I fail. Below I will share my response after today's reading (which is day 2 of 47) - will you pray this for me (and/or with me)?

It is so difficult for me to remember You in the everyday. Help me to establish a DAILY habit of remembrance & study - and that will help me to represent You better in the middle of day-to-day stress and pressure. 

I honestly can't think of even one season where I have been TRULY "overflowing with gratitude" as the Word calls us to be in Colossians 6:7.

Thank you for adopting me into Your family (Galatians 4:5)! So frequently I have been like the son who stayed home when the prodigal strayed. Though I have not been openly rebellious, I have often been a brat (for lack of a better word). I have so often resented my own decision to be obedient - though obedient in action, my heart has often been far from You. 

During this Lent season, gentle and loving Father: 
Help me to rend my heart and draw close to You like never before. Rid me of my self-centeredness and teach me how to see and act like You. 

For YOU ARE LOVE - and You are:
(1 Corinthians 13)

Never Jealous / Envious
NOT SELF-CENTERED, proud, or boastfu.
Never RUDE; not easily angered, keeping NO RECORD of wrongs.
Rejoicing with the Truth
ALWAYS : protecting, trusting, hoping, persevering.

NEVER failing. 

Thank you Abba for Your love. Change my heart and make me like You. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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