Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 3, 2019

“but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 22:24-34.

“24 And there arose also a dispute among them as to which one of them was regarded to be greatest.  25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them;  and those who have authority over them are called ‘Benefactors.’  26 But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.  27 For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves?  Is it not the one who reclines at the table?  But I am among you as the one who serves.

28 “You are those who have stood by Me in My trials;  29 and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat;  32 but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail;  and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”  33 But he said to Him, “Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!”  34 And He said, “I say to you, Peter, the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me.”  Luke 22:24-34.

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These three separate paragraphs could be subject to separate devotions, but I do not think it is coincidence that Luke joined them together.  They each teach a facet of the one theme of greatness.

The first paragraph (verses 24-27) is the lead Scripture which teaches that those who want to be great must be humble and willing to serve the others.

The second paragraph (verses 28-30) teaches that those who want to be great must endure like the disciples who stood by Jesus in His trials, but there is also the promise that they will be rewarded.

The third paragraph (verses 31-34) teaches that those who want to be great must receive God’s grace.  They will experience times of weakness, but through God’s grace, they must turn from their own weakness to strengthen their brothers.

But, there is hope!

Jesus prays for us.  We may be weak, “but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail;  and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”  Verse 32.


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