Welcome back to the Good Morning Guys Study through Luke! I pray your past week of study was beneficial to your growth in your relationship with Christ.
If you’re new, feel free to jump right in and follow along. Everything you need for this week is below, including this week’s Bible Reading Plan, Reflection Questions, and Verses of the Day. Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for my weekly blog post.
Here’s This Week’s Bible Reading Plan
Monday: Luke 11
Tuesday: Luke 12
Wednesday: Luke 13
Thursday: Luke 14
Friday: Luke 15
The Reflection Questions for the Week
Learning to pray is of utmost importance! Jesus did not teach his disciples how to preach, but He did teach them how to pray. The prayer in Luke 11 is not meant to be recited as a ritual, but rather as a pattern for our prayer life. After Jesus gave the pattern, he then gave an example of the boldness and persistence He wants us to have in our prayers.
Pause and pray though the Lord’s Prayer today, then consider if there is something you have given up praying for that you need to boldly and persistently begin praying for again.
The world system tells us that success and possessions deserve a high five, but at the end of the parable in Luke 12, God calls the rich man a fool! The only way to conquer a greedy heart is to believe that life does not consist in the abundance of our possessions.
Do you struggle with this? Jesus tells us to “be on guard.” How can you guard and protect yourself from falling into the temptation of desiring an abundance of possessions?
To God, it does not matter what our standing in this world is. Money, titles, status, beauty, lineage, and good works are not what God looks at. Salvation is based on Jesus’s grace alone.
Do you at times feel jealous of others whose standing in this world is higher than yours? One of the great mysteries of the gospel is how those who are first in this world are last in the next. How does this truth bring you comfort today?
Chapter 14 -Thursday
Jesus was the ultimate example of one who deserved the highest exaltation, but He was humble. True humility does not have too high an opinion of oneself, and is others-centered rather than self-centered.
We are promised that those who humble themselves will one day-in eternity-be exalted. In what area of your life do you need to work on humility?
The parables in Luke 15 show us that God goes after the lost, and heaven celebrates when they are found. Nothing is more precious to us as something that is lost. Think of your car keys. If they were lost, you would search for them until they were found. And when they were found, you would rejoice. In the same way, the angels rejoice when a sinner repents.
Who have you recently shared the love of Jesus or the gospel with? If you haven’t had this opportunity, write a prayer for someone who is lost and ask God for boldness.
The Verses of the Day
Monday: Lord, teach us to pray-Luke 11:1
Tuesday: Be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. -Luke 12:15
Wednesday: Behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last. -Luke 13:30
Thursday: For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. -Luke 14:11
Friday: There is joy before the angels over one sinner who repents. -Luke 15:10
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I’ll see you back here on Wednesday for our weekly blog post.