Join us as we read through the Gospel of Luke during this Advent Season...
By Cecilia Gibbs, Assistant Principal Rock Solid Christian Academy
Luke 11: 1-54
Today we are reading from Luke 11: 1-54. In this chapter, Luke tells how Jesus teaches His disciples the proper way in which to pray. Jesus also casts out a demon and continues to anger the Pharisees.
Once again Jesus reminds me that His word never becomes old. Much like most of you, the "Lord's Prayer" was one of the first prayers I memorized as a child. It’s so easy to recite the words without thinking of the meaning behind them. I read through the “Lord’s Prayer” slowly this time, and took a few moments to meditate on the words. If you have time, I suggest you read the King James Version of Luke 11: 1-4.
In Luke 11 Jesus also speaks of persistence when praying to God, and gives examples of friends making late night visits to ask for food. Jesus explains that although we might feel annoyed, or the timing may be off, we would not turn our back on a friend in need of food. Jesus is teaching the disciples (and us) that He hears our prayers, and the power of prayer is real.
One of my favorite times of the school day is at 6:55am. This is the time we set aside to share prayer requests and pray for our students, teachers, and school. Anyone who comes into the office around that time knows how hectic things can be: the phone is ringing, students are trying to buzz in from the security door, both copiers are running, and people are going in and out of the office. Regardless of all the commotion, we strive to meet with Jesus every morning to pray for YOU! You are loved by Jesus and loved by us!
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19 NIV)