Drawing Nigh to God

When the prodigal son wanted to have his own way, he placed himself at a great distance from his father. He would be his own master, so he thought. All his gear, the gift of his father, he gathered together, "and took his journey into a far country." The most valuable possession of all, his father's love, he did not consciously take with him, that is, it was not in his thought. His sense regarding his father was the same as that of the wicked man regarding God, for of him it is said, "God is not in all his thoughts."

How shall there be a change in such a condition, unless it be in the way of drawing near to God, which would mean making welcome the thought of God, and aspiring Godward? The prodigal son arose, and retraced from the far country his long journey; and his father with unfailing compassion ran to meet him and forgive him, and thereby evidenced his unaltered love. Does not this illustrate the metaphysical truth stated by James: "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you"?

Prayers for Prosperity
November 3, 1917

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