Daily Read – Deuteronomy 23:1-25:19; Luke 10:13-37; Psalm 75:1-10; Proverbs 12:12-14
Heavenly Father, I see so much hurt and heartache on the faces of those I meet. Life's challenges mark each countenance with stress and worry, each wondering what their tomorrow brings. I watch as people walk aimlessly through life having no understanding about their purpose and destiny.
Then Jesus answered and said:
"A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves,
who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
Now by chance a certain priest came down that road.
And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place,
came and looked, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was.
And when he saw him, he had compassion.
So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine;
and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
On the next day, when he departed he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper,
and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again,
I will repay you.' So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?"
And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
Teenagers in their prime desiring death rather than face a life of uncertainty filled with chaos and depression. Precious children robbed of their innocence forced by evil pressures to grow up before their time. Thieving demons have robbed from the most weak and vulnerable. They have stolen so much from so many precious people.
You have empowered and equipped me to stop these thieves and to bring restitution to the victims through Your redeeming blood. Lord, I want to be an instrument of Your love and healing to those I meet. Too often, I walk past those who are wounded and hurt making excuses to justify my negligence. I see the pain, but I find myself turning away using busyness to reason away involvement.
Lord, let me not be the one who passes on the other side of the road ignoring my brother and sister's trauma. As the good Samaritan, let me be the one who stops and ministers Your healing balm to their wounds. As Your life so beautifully demonstrates a life laid down, I pray that mine reflects Your selfless, sacrificial love. I want to be wrecked by Your love and overtaken with a compassionate mercy for each person divinely placed in my path.
Change my heart Lord and tenderize those areas of hardness with the oil of Holy Spirit. I want to be a living witness demonstrating Your mercies to those who have lost their way and need guidance to the light.
I’m Yours Lord… everything I am and everything I'm not. I’m completely Yours.
Do with me as You will. I make myself available