Prayer Focus: Sierra Leone

Bible Reading: Luke 14-15

Scripture

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters — yes, even his own life — he cannot be my disciple.  And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:11, 26-27, 33)

Observation

There are many points in this short collection of verses. A disciple (learner) must look and act like their discipler. Jesus never asks us to go beyond what He did. Humility produces exaltation, a true paradox. In order to truly follow Jesus, we must give up everything.

Application

I like the idea of being a disciple of Jesus, but often the reality of the requirements causes me concern. My flesh wants to hang on to money, people, dreams, and power. Jesus said the path to greatness is humility. The path to life is death (to self). The path to discipleship is surrender.

Prayer

Jesus, I truly do want to be Your disciple…and I want to make disciples of others…of all nations. I know I must first be a disciple and remain in You. I need to surrender so much more in my life. You want it all, including my kids, my wife, my reputation, my education, my resources…everything. Once again, help me to want to want You. In Your Name, amen.

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