Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mar 6: Luke 18

Today's reading in our daily plan is Luke 18. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • The chapter opens with a disenfranchised woman who pesters a judge until she gets justice. Jesus wants his followers to be as persistent as that woman. Then he tells a story about two men’s prayers to God: one was self-righteous and the other was humble. The humble prayer for mercy is the one that Jesus says made a difference.
  • Next, Jesus tells us that we need to receive God like children do. Children have a way of being focused on one thing at a time, and they never worry about tomorrow. Just like the rich man in the next section, we can become resistant to being completely focused and dependent upon God. But that’s not the last word! Jesus says that the things that seem impossible to us are possible with God.
  • The chapter ends with Jesus’ followers being confused about what will happen to their leader. And in response, Jesus heals a man of blindness.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • They are also fully dependent upon -- and trusting of -- their parents (at least when they’re young). God wants us to approach him in the same way: focused on -- and completely trusting of -- him. But everyone knows that this is difficult; as we grow up and gain our independence, we become focused on ourselves.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • When we are confused about what God is doing in our lives, we should do the same as the blind man: cry out to God. The man was physically healed and received sight. Similarly, we can be healed of our lives’ wounds and receive guidance from God by coming to Jesus.