From Handbook to Scripture, Day 229
READING: LUKE 20
After cleansing the temple by driving out those who were exploiting it for financial gain, the Lord encountered the opposition of the chief priests, scribes, elders, and Sadducees as they sought to discredit Him with challenging questions. They questioned His authority, tried to snare Him on the issue of paying taxes to Caesar, and attempted to defeat Him with a theological dilemma concerning the resurrection. After Jesus refuted His opponents on each of these issues, He ended with a challenge of His own concerning their understanding of the Messiah that left them speechless.
Prayer: Lord, I marvel at the poise, brilliance, courage, wisdom, and insight of the Lord Jesus. May I never be so foolish as to question His authority or intentions in my life.
Meditation passage: verses 17–18, 25–26, 38
From Simple Prayers, Day 229
I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
Lord, You have invited me to pray for the needs of others, and since You desire what is best for them, I take this opportunity to bring these requests to You.
With all prayer and petition, we should pray always in the Spirit, and to this end we should be watchful with all perseverance and petition for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:18)
I pray that words may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel. (Ephesians 6:19)
Take a moment to lift up the needs of your family and friends, and to offer up any other burdens for others that the Lord brings to mind.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
My flesh trembles for fear of You; I stand in awe of Your judgments. (Psalm 119:120)
You form the light and create darkness; You bring prosperity and create disaster; You, the Lord, do all these things. (Isaiah 45:7)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
I am no longer a stranger and alien, but a fellow citizen with God’s people and a member of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. (Ephesians 2:19–20)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
I will obey those who are in authority over me with fear and trembling and with sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with external service as a pleaser of men, but as a slave of Christ, doing the will of God from my heart. With good will I will serve as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that I will receive back from the Lord whatever good I do. (Ephesians 6:5–8)
I will avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they produce quarrels. The Lord’s servant must not quarrel, but be gentle toward all, able to teach, and patient. (2 Timothy 2:23–24)
Lord, I thank You for Your awesome judgments and for Your sovereign authority over all things. I thank You that You have made me a member of Your household, and I ask that I would render service to others in Your name and avoid quarrels.
From Handbook to Wisdom, Day 229
EMBRACING AN ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE
I wait for the Lord;
my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope.
I hope in the Lord,
for with Him is unfailing love and abundant
(Psalm 130:5, 7)
I have hope in God,
that there will be a resurrection of both
the righteous and the wicked.
In view of this,
I strive always to keep my conscience
blameless before God and men.
Years ago, a minister waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend. The attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars ahead of him in front of the service station. Finally, the attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump.
“Reverend,” said the young man, “sorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip.” The minister chuckled, “I know what you mean. It’s the same in my business.”
If ours is an eternal perspective, we will gripped by the biblical truth that our brief earthly sojourn is designed to prepare us for an eternal heavenly citizenship. The more we align ourselves with this perspective, the more it will have an impact on our short-term and long-term priorities.
All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.