2021_09_03 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Luke 13-14
Every Christian longs to hear the words “well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt 25:21) spoken to them by Jesus one day. Our allegiance is to God alone and our faithfulness speaks of the love we have for him.
Luke 13 shares some uncomfortable truths about salvation. Jesus says that not everyone will be saved and for some it will be too late. People will plead to Jesus “we ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.” But he will answer, “I don't know you or where you come from.” (Luke 13:26-27) A passage like this should make us stop and examine where our devotions lie. None of us would want to hear Jesus say “I don't know you,” but knowing Jesus is to have a relationship with him. It is to have conversation with him, seek to know him more out of the love we have for him and honor him in all we do. It is often difficult to keep our eyes on Jesus throughout the day, even if we have connection with him in the mornings. Internal and external stressors attempt to rob us of our loyalty to God and it will likely take some intentional practice to break this cycle.
I am sharing with you today a simple 3 fold prayer practice that can be done throughout the day to help us “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and keep our focus on God. The prayer practice is taken from the writings of Francis de Sales, a 16th century Bishop who was known for his passion and devotion to God. Before an event in your day you could take a moment to:
Ask- For God to be present with you, for his grace and empowering in that moment.
Offer- Whatever we are doing to and for God, offering ourselves and the moment to him
Accept- Whatever comes of that moment even if it looks different to what you thought, knowing that everything is working for the glory of God and our redemption.
Lord, when we know you we love you,
when we love you we want to do things your way,
when we do things your way we walk out your truth.
I want to know you more, Lord.
In Jesus name.
Prayer Team Lead