Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/18/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Leavenworth: Southern Heights UMC
Kansas City District
Leavenworth: Trinity UMC
Kansas City District
Leawood UMC
Kansas City District
Senior Pastor
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Throughout Advent, we will read the book of Luke together.  You are invited to pause for a few minutes, quite your soul and read contemplatively Luke 18.

Today's Devotional

After reading the entire chapter, pause and read the highlighted verses below for further reflection.
Today‘s focus is on verses Luke 18:35-43.
As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him.
When he came near, Jesus asked him,  “What do you want me to do for you?”
“Lord, I want to see,” he replied.
Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
  1. Bartimaeus is waiting beside the road to Jericho.  Imagine the crowd passing by, a man loudly questioning what is going in, the leaders sternly telling him to be quiet.  The hustle and bustle of a busy time in Jesus’ ministry.  Where would you picture yourself in this scene – Bartimaeus crying out, a leader trying to quiet him, the crowd going along, Jesus’ disciples watching this scene play out?  
  1. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asks the blind man. Bartimaeus replies, “Lord, I want to see.” What would you request of Jesus today in prayer?  What do you want from Jesus?
On social media — either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram —share an image and/or your reflections on today’s chapter. Please share only images that you have taken or for which you own the rights.  Be sure to include the hashtags #GPUMCAdvent and #Luke18 as we reflect together in community.

Prayer for Reflection

O God, thank you for listening to us when we pray – when we cry out, when we are silent, when you know the desires of our hearts.  Guide us to hear the prayers of your people and cry out to you with the cares of our hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.


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