There is a tendency to see prayer as an incantation recited in the hope of magically causing a response. But magic is not what we want. It’s relationship with God that we are seeking.
I’m even more inspired by his willingness to accept a “no” from God in answer to his prayer
We all struggle to forgive those who have hurt us and those we love.
In Jesus God is where we are, here and now. Speak to him. Listen for him.
Without this relationship we become for our world a reactive presence rather than an original presence.
The two sons represent two immature ways of relating to God: rebellion and childish obedience.