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Luke 10

Father, thank You for Jesus and the life I have in Him!

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“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.  Go! I am sending you out…” (v 2-3 NIV)

In this setting with Your early disciples, Lord, You grouped them into 36 teams of two then You chatted with them a bit.  You told them of the NEED.  You called them to PRAY for workers to meet the need.  Then, immediately You told them to GO meet that need, including Your own guidelines for HOW to meet that need.

Before us continues to lie a ripe harvest field.  Send out workers, Lord, so that the lives that are ready to say “yes” to You will have that opportunity.  As You lead, I’m willing to go forth as one of those workers, looking to You for the words, means, and strength.  Daily open my eyes to see the harvest work to be done THAT day and prompt me to do it.

“…See what I’ve given you?  Safe passage as you walk on snakes and scorpions, and protection from every assault of the Enemy.  No one can put a hand on you.  All the same, the great triumph is not in your authority over evil, but in God’s authority over you and presence with you–that’s the agenda for rejoicing.” (v 19-20 MSG)  (“snakes & scorpions” as metaphors describing evil spirits)

Any power or authority that I would have is directly linked to You.  In reality, it’s like I’m simply a conduit for Your power through me.  Praise You, Lord, my omnipotent God, the Master of the Universe and Sovereign over all creation, both the physical realm and the spiritual realm.  Thank You for the victory over sin, death and evil which You make possible in my life.

“…love the Lord your God with all your PASSION and PRAYER and MUSCLE and INTELLIGENCE — and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.” (v 27 MSG)

“…Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said …only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (v 39, 42 NIV)

No matter what four words are used (or even only three in some passages: Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:33), the whole point of what You’re expressing is that You desire my total devotion, Lord.  You want all of me — no keeping a part of me for me and no giving a part of me to some other god.

Draw me continually to Your feet and let me listen to You.  Help me to love You with all the passion of my heart … the prayer of my soul … the strength of my muscles … and the intelligence of my mind.  That “one thing” that’s needed: guide me in pursuing it as You make me just like Jesus.  Amen.

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