From Handbook to Scripture, Day 227
READING: LUKE 18
As He continues on His final journey to Jerusalem, Jesus instructs His disciples on a number of practical matters including covetousness, readiness, repentance, the kingdom of God, salvation, evangelism, discipleship, forgiveness, faithfulness, humility, gratitude, the second coming, prayer, and wealth. Jesus encourages His disciples to be diligent and persistent in their prayers. He contrasts the futility of works righteousness with the need to approach God in a humble and childlike manner. And He assures His disciples that they will be disproportionately rewarded for whatever they have given up for His sake.
Prayer: Lord, may I never put my trust in my own efforts to attain righteousness or view other people with contempt. I ask for a spirit of humility that looks to Your grace instead of my own achievements.
Meditation passage: verses 1, 14, 16–17, 29–30