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 filled with chaos and depression. Precious children robbed of their innocence because of evil pressures to grow up before they are ready, stealing from their childhood.
The enemy has stolen so much from so many precious people. Thieving demons have come robbing from the most weak and vulnerable. I am empowered and equipped 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 the hurting without extending Your hand of compassion, and I make too many excuses to justify my negligence. I see the pain, but I find myself turning my face 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, but as the good Samaritan, let me be the one who stops and ministers Your healing balm to their wounds.
As You so beautifully demonstrate a life laid down, let my life reflect Your selfless, sacrificial love. Precious Jesus, I want You to wreck me with Your love and overtake me with a passionate mercy for each person You divinely place in my path.
Change my heart Lord and tenderize those areas of hardness with the oil of the Holy Spirit. I want to be a living witness of who You are, declaring Your mercies to a world of people who have lost their way and need someone to point them in the right direction.
I am Yours Lord, everything I am and everything I'm not. I am completely Yours.
Do with me as You will I make myself available