Scripture: Luke 10-11; John 10:22-42. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Jesus encouraged his disciples to not only do the work, but to pray for other workers. He appointed seventy-two people and sent them out ahead of him to the towns and places he was going to go. The messengers returned with joy because they had ministered to others in Jesus’ name and had seen wonderful results. As we read in these next couple chapters of the Books of Luke and John, we learn about Jesus telling the parable of the good Samaritan, Jesus visiting Martha and Mary, Jesus teaching his disciples about prayer, Jesus answering accusations towards him, Jesus warning against disbelief, Jesus teaching others about “the light within,” and Jesus criticizing the religious believers for their actions and attitudes. Follow along in Luke 10-11 and John 10:22-42!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God wants us to pray for others to help us do His work. We are to pray, recruit others, and help them learn about the opportunities to serve God. When we share the Good News with others, we will, for sure, come across people who do not care to hear about God. However, we must face our enemies with love and kindness rather than with aggression and anger. The disciples ministered to others in Jesus’ name and with his authority, seeing great results. Jesus reminded them that their names were written in Heaven, and that was their most important victory. As believers, we will one day be with our Heavenly Father in eternity, as well. 🙂 By reading and learning about how Jesus treated others and his examples for us in the Bible, we can also understand God more clearly. Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan, and God has made it clear that we are to love our neighbors and help those in need. Each of us are God’s children, and we must treat each other out of love and kindness. Jesus taught his disciples how to pray. We are to forgive others, just as God has forgiven us.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Books of Luke, John, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.