March 18/Luke 11

Verse 1 > It must have really blessed Jesus to have a disciple ask him to teach him to pray. Has anyone ever asked you to teach them to pray? I have never had anyone ask me to teach them to pray. The disciple didn’t ask Jesus to teach him how to heal the sick or raise the dead or multiply bread and fish. He must have been watching Jesus and realized that whatever Jesus did came about because he prayed. He probably also noticed how intimate Jesus was with his heavenly Father. He probably wanted that same intimacy.

I wonder how many Christians spend time developing an intimacy with their heavenly Father. I wonder how things would be different in their lives if they did? How has your life been affected by your prayers? Would your life be any different if there was a law against praying? Would you miss it?

Why is setting aside time to pray so difficult? Cleo asked one of our instructors at Bethany School of Missions that very question. His answer was, “Cleo it is because Satan doesn’t want you to pray.” Apparently Satan knows that power is released through praying to our heavenly Father. He knows that he doesn’t stand a chance to trip up and devour a praying Christian. When you look at how Jesus said to pray you can see how it releases power.

Verses 2-4 > Power is released when we go to our Father. Satan trembles at this because it was our Father who threw him out of Heaven. Satan knows when we pray our Father releases the power that we need to uphold the holiness of the family name. Satan knows that us praying for God’s kingdom to come reminds us that we are only here temporarily so it will be tough for him to get us thinking that we should only concentrate on this life. Our concentration will be on helping other people yield their lives to Jesus so they can be part of the Kingdom of God. Satan knows that prayer’s power will release all that we need to live this life (daily bread) > physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally etc. so he will have a very difficult time getting our faith to fail. Satan knows that prayer releases the power that we need to forgive people so he will be foiled if he tries to get us to hold a grudge. Satan knows that prayer releases the power that we need to overcome any temptation to sin that comes our way. Satan knows that prayer is a very powerful weapon so his goal is to discourage us from using it or keeping us too busy with other things so we don’t have time for it.

Luke 22:46 (NLT) — 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.”

Verses 5-13 > Jesus told this story to encourage us to keep praying because he knew Satan would do all he could do discourage us. This story basically says that our Father will always give us what we need at the time we need it; so don’t give up. The Father may not answer right away perhaps because he likes our company. We might not come back until we have another need. He might delay until we realize what we are praying for isn’t what we need or isn’t the best for us. He might delay to test our faith. Know this while you remain in prayer Satan cannot defeat you! The Father know this too. So thank him for his delays they are actually a blessing if we keep persistently praying!

Verse 18 > What is the atmosphere like in your house? Is their division, arguing, unrest, negative attitudes? Why not get the whole family together to pray ask the Father to release his powerful peace; kick Satan out so you can have peace and harmony. The Father kicked Satan out of His house in heaven. Don’t let him live in your house; give him the boot!

Verses 29-30 > Jesus just confirmed that Jonah and the big fish was a true story. God sent the fish to swallow up Jonah and he sent Jesus to swallow up our sins! Just like the fish coughed up Jonah so he could bring life to Nineveh the earth coughed up Jesus so he could bring life to us! I thought you might enjoy that little word picture:)

Verses 33-36 > A good eye is a generous eye. A bad eye is a stingy eye. Will we be generous to show those around us the real Jesus and how he changed our live or will we be stingy and not say anything or live any differently from the person who doesn’t know Jesus. It would be terrible if people that knew us were asked what was different about us and all they could say was, “Well they get up to go to church on Sunday.” Yikes is that it!

Verses 37-54 > These verses are all about the ‘good eye, bad eye’ thing. Jesus got on the religious people for being totally self absorbed. They brought no light to those around them. Nobody could see Jesus by their words or lifestyle. Darkness surrounded them and those that hung out with them would always be in the dark when it came to knowing Jesus. A good eye or a generous eye spots the needs of those around it. A bad spots its own needs.

Would you say that you have a good eye? Are you generous in sharing about Jesus and are you generous in sharing the things Jesus had given you? Would someone be able to find Jesus after having been with you or would they still be in the dark?

Proverbs 22:9 (NKJV) — 9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.

Proverbs 28:22 (NKJV) — 22 A man with an evil eye hastens after riches, And does not consider that poverty will come upon him.

Pray for a good eye and begin to act like you have one and watch the Father release his Satan booting power upon you!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Jesus warns us that evicting unclean spirits without opening yourself to the Holy Spirit will lead to a worsening of your spiritual condition. Prayer is vital in both the cleaning process and the invitation of God into our lives. Also he reminds us that following the law is more about a proper relationship with God and others than just a set of rules.