Jan 21 2018: Prayers from Luke 10

Prayers from Luke 10

Bible reading should move from reading to meditation and to prayer. That is, as William Bridge suggests, we “begin with reading or hearing. Then we go on with meditation and end in prayer.” As we move from reading to meditation then to prayer, our prayer is not only (in)formed by the Word of God, but it also becomes more in line with God’s desire for us. It becomes a two-way conversation where God initiates the conversation by speaking to us through His Word and we respond by speaking to Him through prayer. 

In this week’s Bible reading column I offer a sample of how we can move from Bible reading to prayer from our previous week’s reading of Luke 10.

1. “After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go” (Luke 10:1).

=> Prayer: Lord, you are the one who appoints people to prepare your way. We thank you that before I chose you, you chose us to serve you and to point people to Christ. What a privilege it is that you have called us to participate in your ministry of salvation.

2. “And he said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to sent out laborers into his harvest’” (Luke 10:2).

=> Prayer: Lord, you have commanded us to first pray earnestly for you to send out laborers into your harvest. Before we plan, strategize, go and minister, or feel overwhelmed, may we be on our knees to pray to you. Lord, send out workers to share the gospel and make disciples.

3. “…do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20).

=> Prayer: Father, we thank you for the gift of salvation we have received from you through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. May we be filled with the joy of salvation. May you restore unto us joy of salvation, so that our joy in Christ will be contagious to those around us. Even in the midst of suffering and various kinds of trials of life, may we rejoice in you and be filled with the joy of salvation.

4. “In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “…All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Luke 10:21-22).

=> Prayer: Lord, we plead with you that you will reveal the Father to us more and more, so that we may live in awe of your holiness and grace. Lord, have mercy on our family members and friends and neighbors who do not yet know the gospel of Jesus Christ. Please reveal yourself to them and save them.

5. “But the Samaritan…had compassion….. The one who showed him mercy…” (Luke 10:33, 37).

=> Prayer: Lord, will you cause our hearts to be broken for the people who are sick, weak and lost. May our hearts be filled with compassion and mercy to one another and to those whom we come across in our daily lives. 

6. “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42).

=> Prayer: Lord, we are so anxious and troubled about many things—our job, school, family, relationships, future.… We are so distracted by many things. Have mercy on us. May we choose to spend time with you and enjoy your sweet presence in our lives, before we get busy with life’s responsibilities.

This Week’s Bible Reading Schedule:

Monday: Luke 16 Thursday: Luke 19
Tuesday: Luke 17 Friday: Luke 20
Wednesday: Luke 18 Saturday: Luke 21

Column & Reading Plan by Pastor Rev. Chang Soo Charles Lee
(Mississauga Campus Lead Pastor)