April 24

Dierks Bentley’s “Prodigal Son’s Prayer”: Song for the Sons

Father embracing his son

Parents love their children more than anything else. They wish their sons to be in the right direction. On the other hand, we tend to make mistakes, but our parents lead us to the right path. If you’re one of the of the sons who made your mama and papa cry, listen to this song “Prodigal Son’s Prayer.” It will remind you of the sacrifices of your parents.

The Story of the “Parable of the Prodigal Son”…

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 men 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 men.’ So he got up and went to his father.

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’


But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. You never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found’ (Luke 15:11-32).

The Meaning of the Story…

The story of the “Parable of the Prodigal Son” is one of the most popular stories of Jesus. Furthermore, “Prodigal” is not found in scriptures but it describes a man who is excessively spending money or resources freely and recklessly. Also, it means a son who is lost. The truth is, this parable has many points of the nature of man and God.

The story indicates an opportunity to make a change despite the mistakes we have done. We don’t have to stay in a hopeless state; we can come to our senses. In the story, the lost son understood what he had done. With this, he surrendered himself willing to be his father’s servant and went back home. This part of the story specifies God’s love for us. He even recognized the sins as it says “Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance, and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?” (Romans 2:4).

The “Parable of the Prodigal Son” obviously tells us that God is at work, making things right. He was able to see the younger son’s hardships. The father was watching, waiting, and longing for his son. When the son returned home, the father runs, embraces, loves him, and gives him gifts. Additionally, the father lavishes upon him, celebrates over him. Above all, this is a delightful picture of the great love of God towards us.

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Dierks Bentley, Parable of the Prodigal Son, Prodigal Son's Prayer

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