Lent 2020 – Day Sixteen – Luke 11 v 29 – 54
Read Luke Chapter 11 verses 29 – 54.
“so that those who come in may see the light.”
We read today of what shows on the outside is a reflection of what is inside.
It is true that we can pretend but eventually our inner state is reflected by our actions and our attitudes.
In our reading Jesus calls out the Parisees who challenges him because he has not washed his hands a very pertinent topic for us today! However, the Pharisee would have seen this is a religious context that Jesus had not performed the correct outward rules to ensure he was clean according to the “law”. Jesus uses this to make his point that they were zealous about the outward signs of complying with God’s law but terrible about meeting the requirements to look after the poor and not to weigh down God’s people with endless rules and regulations.
Hymn: Songs of Fellowship – 186 “Tell out my soul, the greatness of the Lord”
“…if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” (v 36 NIV)
Let us pray together.
Think of the words in order to understand context and meaning, Feel the meaning of the words with and in your heart,
Pray, using the words, for yourself or others. With only a name and without explaining the reasons or pre-defining any answers.
Listen for God’s voice in the quiet of your prayers.
Pray using your own prayers or one of those which have been prepared below.
Lord may your light shine in my life driving out any darkness I may hold there. Amen
Lord encourage us to shine in your world. By our lives help us to place the lamp of your love in a visible place. Through our words and actions may we speak enthusiastically about your place in our lives. Let our stories of your presence in our lives be vivid and full of truth. Amen
Loving Father we pray that our lives may match our words. That as we speak of you our actions will not speak more loudly than our words. Help us not to drive people away from you by our rules and traditions but in all things to be sensitive to your calling that we should love as you love.
In our worship may we be innovative and flexible whilst not losing sight of the reason for worship, which is to praise your holy name. Keep our worship from becoming rigid and comofortable, more for our enjoyment than from a need to come into your house and pour out our praise and worship to you.
Help us to be a light to the nations in all that we do. Amen