What Jesus Did! 'Insights from Times of Prayer!' — Luke 9:18-19

Sunday, June 7, 2015

One time Jesus was praying alone. His followers came together there. Jesus asked them, "Who do the people say I am?" The followers answered, "Some people say you are John the Baptizer. Other people say you are Elijah. And some people say you are one of the prophets from long ago that has come back to life."
— Luke 9:18-19 NLT
Illustration of Luke 9:18-19 NLT — "Who do the people say I am?"   ——   "Some people say you are John the Baptizer. Other people say you are Elijah. And some people say you are one of the prophets from long ago that has come back to life."

Key Thought

The Gospel of Luke reminds us that so many of the great moments of Jesus' life and ministry are tied to prayer. Sometime soon, get a specially colored highlighter and read the Gospel of Luke and underline every time prayer occurs or is the subject of Jesus' teaching. Then go back and make an outline of key events tied to those prayer sessions. You will be amazed at how important prayer is to the unfolding salvation of Jesus' ministry. Peter's confession of Jesus as the Christ follows this prayer time and the discussion that follows it. This is just another one of the Holy Spirit's reminders that fresh insights for life, faith, and our faithfulness often occur during our times of prayer. This was true for Jesus and his disciples and it will no doubt be true of us.

Today's Prayer

Father in heaven, God Almighty, thank you for providing me the great avenue and opportunity of prayer. To know that you listen to my words, my thoughts, and my heart is simply overwhelming. Help me hunger more for these special times in your presence. Give me wisdom and understanding as I pray and seek your will. Do your will in my life as I seek your presence. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • James 1:5-6
  • Acts 4:31
  • Romans 8:26-27

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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