Jesus often taught off the cuff as people asked questions or made comments. We get several examples of that here in Luke 11. Some of them may be familiar to us.
Father in Heaven,
Thank you for all that we can learn from Jesus and the way he carried out his ministry.
Thank you that he showed us how to defeat the devil by only being filled with the Spirit and filled with your Word. Please fill us with your Spirit this day. Help us further to be students of the Scriptures. We want to be able to use the Bible rightly whenever we face the many temptations that we do.
Help us also to have discernment to know the difference between the truth, which comes from you, and the lies that our enemy so craftily tells us.
Teach us to pray about every need, not least the many sicknesses that we face in this life.
And finally, help us to seek you first, so that we might constantly grow in our faith, and help us to set our priorities in accordance with your will.
Dear heavenly Father,
We certainly know that, unlike Jesus, we are in dire need of repentance and forgiveness of our sins. Help us to truly and deeply repent, and then help us to live lives that bear fruit worthy of repentance. As James would later say, let us be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving ourselves.
Please also empower us with your Holy Spirit, so that we can faithfully be your witnesses in this present day. And help us to fully and faithfully entrust ourselves to your Son Jesus Christ, the King and Savior you sent to deal with our problem of sin – who we know will reign forever.
To him and to you be all the glory both now and forever.
Jesus enters into further controversy, this time starting with what is or is not allowed on the Sabbath. He adds teaching about his own resurrection and who his true family is.
Matthew 12.mp3 (Jake Medlong)
Thank you that like these wise men, I was once distant from you, but you led me to Jesus. When I think of the effort these wise men put forth to find him, I have to admit that I did a lot less and found Jesus all the same. Teach me to put forth more effort now as I seek to know Christ better than I do.
These wise men clearly offered gifts from among the best things that they had — gold, frankincense and myrrh. Teach me also to give all that I have which is valuable to me in the worship of my Savior.
The wise men were also very aware of your leading them: first from a far land to Jerusalem, then to a specific house in Bethlehem and then back to their own country by another way. Teach me also to be aware of your leading in my own life.
Deep down I want to serve you well, follow Jesus and be led by the Spirit in all that I do. Please make my life a more accurate reflection of your will for me. Help me to make it an offering to you and an act of complete worship.
And I ask this for the glory of the name of Jesus Christ.