THE PRODIGAL SON
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. - Ephesians 2:8
Like the father searched for his lost son, Jesus searches to save us.
We are forgiven.
Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read it together as a family.
- Why did the son run away?
- What does the word “prodigal” mean? (Feel free to look it up together as a family!) How does the word “prodigal” relate to today’s story?
- What happens when you disobey your parents? Why do you think your parents want you to obey?
- Do you trust that God knows best for you? Why?
- Do you think the son felt sorry about what he did? (see verse 21) What should you do when you know you've done something wrong?
- What did the father in the story do when his son came home?
- How is God like the father in the story?
To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7).
Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation.
How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear God, thank you for seeking me
You love me even when I mess up
Please help me to make you the King of my life
In Jesus’ name, amen