The Gospel of Luke Devotional
- Day 11 Luke Chapter 11
- Bible Reading Luke 11:1-54
- Focus Scriptures: Luke 11:9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
It’s 3 A.M you are sound asleep and there is a knock at your door. Simultaneously the phone begins to ring. Your parents are in town and will be there for breakfast at any moment. You are completely confused but quickly try to remember what you have in your kitchen. You believe you may have bread, butter, eggs, and jam. What do you open first?
ANSWER: Nothing! You open nothing! You ignore the knocking at your door, throw the phone across the room, firmly place the pillow over your head, and go back to sleep. Who knocks on the door or comes for breakfast at 3 A.M?
We know not the time nor the hour… Matthew 24:2
Some of us don’t handle interruptions well. Jesus’ teaching reveals, this attitude is normal. (Luke 11:5-8) In this parable, the neighbor is in need and asking for provisions for the traveler. The neighbor needed food to show complete hospitality. We read that it was late at night and perhaps the obvious solution would have been to wait until morning. But Jesus taught that when it comes to someone else’s needs like the traveler, we are to react with compassion, putting ourselves in their shoes, and offer what we would want at that time. Following the Holy Spirit’s direction, we will have an attitude of service instead of the irritation of being interrupted.
Webster’s dictionary defines interruption as a break in uniformity, it could also mean an unexpected change in a routine or plan. Making plans or scheduling out our days puts us in control. It is gratifying to check off the items on our lists, we feel productive. Those lists are a guide, it is a suggestion for what we believe we need to do. Praying over our plans and asking the Holy Spirit to direct our free time helps us stay connected with God. Luke 11:2 Praying makes God our priority and not ourselves.
Luke 11:33-36 Christ is our lamp; how well we see spiritually is strengthen through applying His truth to our lives. Our reflection of His light shines in what we say and do. If we always over-react, get angry, or defensive at the small insignificant situations, how well will we manage a major life change? Our perspective hinges on our perception. If in our own limited knowledge we cannot ask because of pride, seek because of foolishness, or knock because of doubt we will not grow in spiritual maturity. Being aware of the feelings and needs of others deepens our relationship with each other. It builds a believers community. We can grow more insightful by reading, pondering, and meditating, on God’s Word. When we saturate our lives with God we will not forget Him. To be mindful is understanding how we react to situations in our head, before we act through it with our words or actions. God is mindful of us. Psalm 8:4 He remembers us always in all ways.
- Would I feel proud or ashamed if my actions were published in print or online?
- Do my prayers allow me to use the wealth, talents, and attributes God has given me in a morally useful way?
- Where are my dark places that need the lamp of Christ to shine on? Luke 11:34-35
A Few Points:
- Luke 11:1-4 Jesus teaches the disciples about prayer and how to pray.
- Luke 11:5-13 Jesus teaches about humility and taking care of others needs. We are evil yet we know how to give good gifts, how much better would we be if we allowed the Holy Spirit to work through us.
- Luke 11:14-28 Jesus answers accusations about being Satan and teaches about a divided kingdom. He who is not with God is against Him, and He who does not gather with God scatters. But blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.
- Luke 11:28-32 Jesus warns against unbelief and compares it to Jonah.
- Luke 11:33-36 Jesus teaches about the light within us.
- Luke 11:37-54 Jesus openly criticizes the religious leaders.