What Jesus Did! 'Praise God!' — Luke 13:10-13

Saturday, August 26, 2023

One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, "Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!" Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God!
— Luke 13:10-13 NLT

Key Thought

We must remember that worshiping God, both when we are assembled with other believers and in our daily lives, involves ministering to each other! [1] God is praised when the touch of Jesus is felt and the brokenness of God's children is addressed with love. Worship isn't about a religious audience watching a few spiritual performers do their act, but about Jesus' body ministering to brokenness, committing to and practicing holiness, and praising God for his grace.

[1] Romans 12:1; Hebrews 12:28-13:16; James 1:27.

Today's Prayer

Father, give me eyes to see those I need to touch and bless with your grace when I go to be with your people to worship you and as I live my daily life before you. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Colossians 3:16-17
  • Hebrews 10:21-25
  • Acts 2:46-47


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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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.