What Jesus Did! 'The Power of His Words' — Luke 8:22-24

Thursday, May 18, 2023

One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's cross to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and started out. As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.

The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!"

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm.

— Luke 8:22-24 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus has been demonstrating the power of his words and teaching about that power and how we must obey his words. [1] Now, in a potent demonstration of his authority, we see just how powerful the words are. Jesus spoke and even the weather obeyed him. He is ruler over nature. His words have power over the storm! Since Jesus' words are so powerful, shouldn't we obey his words, too?

[1] Luke 4:33-36, 39, 41, 5:12-13, 7:14-15, 8:18, 21.

Today's Prayer

Wow, Father! Your Son Jesus is awesome and glorious. His words have power over nature. He calmed the raging storm by simply speaking and it was so. My prayer is that his words will have that same impact on me. May the words Jesus spoke produce immediate results in my life. As I obey, I truly believe that those very words will calm the restlessness of my soul. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 1:3
  • Colossians 1:15-17
  • 2 Peter 3:3-9

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Illustration of Luke 8:22-24 NLT — "Let's cross to the other side of the lake."   ——   "Master, Master, we're going to drown!"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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