Many times I have treated God the Father like the prodigal did. I have cried out for the quick fix. I have demanded that God bail me out, fix me up, and move with power on my behalf.
"Lord, just solve this problem; I don't want to wait. I need help now!"
In the parable, the father did not go drag the son out of the pigpen. And God will not do that for us, either. Because He loves us so deeply, He will give us the dignity of choice. God's purpose in our lives is to heal us, not enable us.
-- Ted Roberts in Pure Desire