Great Plains Daily Devotional for 10/12/2019

Today please be in prayer for

David Benavides
Potwin: First UMC
Rock UMC
Wichita East District
Davis Laughlin
Rosalia UMC
Wichita East District
John Martin
Rose Hill UMC
Wichita East District
Robert Johnson
Wichita St. Mark UMC
Wichita East District

Today's Lectionary Text

Luke 5:12-16

 Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” Then Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do choose. Be made clean.” Immediately the leprosy left him. And he ordered him to tell no one. “Go,” he said, “and show yourself to the priest, and, as Moses commanded, make an offering for your cleansing, for a testimony to them.” But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.

Today's Devotional

Our prayers can become to-do lists for God. God, please heal my friend. God, let me get the new job. God, please heal this broken relationship. It can lead to the excess Janis Joplin sang about, “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?”
 
But as we pray, it can be easy for us to forget that God is God. We can’t make God do anything. The leper who meets Jesus in this passage could certainly have a long to-do list for God. First, there is whatever physical ailment has caused him to be labeled as a leper. But with that comes being cast out of society. He has had to live in isolation and is one of the marginalized people Jesus seeks out again and again in his ministry.
 
But when he meets Jesus, he doesn’t ask for the list of things he wants and needs. He comes seeking physical healing, and he comes seeking to rejoin the community. But he doesn’t give Jesus a to-do list. He acknowledges Jesus’ power to heal, and makes a simple statement of his faith, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” He is living out the instructions from Christ to his disciples about how to pray, “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. (Matthew 6:10).
 
 He doesn’t force God’s hand; he affirms that healing comes from God, and he does it without even expressing his own wishes. Jesus did so choose. The man was healed. Then Jesus sent him to the priests so he could rejoin the community. It is easy to want to treat God as a cosmic genie who can grant wishes, but God can bring healing into our broken lives.
 
I invite you to pause today and pray The Lord’s Prayer, and to pray it with thoughtfulness and intentionality. It’s easy to let our mouths move through those words on Sunday morning while our minds move onto what’s next. Pray that God’s will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Rev. Michael Turner
Auburn UMC/Topeka Grace UMC

Prayer for Reflection

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and glory forever. Amen.

 

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