Well, I managed to do about 2 days worth of reading today between actually reading the Bible in the prayer room this morning and listening to it while cleaning and baking today! Praise the Lamb!
God has really been blasting me with the issue of faith, it seems! As I was reading through Luke 22, I came across verses 31-32 where Jesus says to Peter:
“31…’Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail…'”
Of all the things that Jesus could’ve prayed for, He prayed that Peter’s faith wouldn’t fail. I mean, come on people! Jesus, God, knew what was going down, what the enemy wanted to do – He knows everything. And of all the things He could’ve prayed for, He prayed for Peter’s faith to be strengthened! What does that even mean? I’m kinda going crazy here. I seriously need to press in and ask what in the world faith is – what it looks like, sounds like, acts like, feels like. I have a funny feeling I have not a clue, but I don’t want that to be the case!
The other thing that struck me was in Luke 24:32. Jesus had just been raised from the dead and was walking down the road to Emmaus with two men, talking to them about Himself (vs. 27). Later on, after these men realized that it was Jesus whom they were talking to (they were completely oblivious before), this was there response:
“32 And they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?’”
When Jesus speaks to us, it makes our hearts burn. As we read the Bible, we need to be asking Jesus to open the Scriptures to us. If we don’t, we won’t get very far. It will be dull and boring, and we’ll be doing it out of religious duty more than desire and longing for more of Him. But, as we ask Him to reveal Himself through the Scriptures and, in response, He does, our hearts will burn! Next time you and I sit down to read (or listen to) the Bible, let’s ask for the spirit of wisdom and revelation (Eph. 1:17) to open up the Scriptures to us, that our hearts would be ignited with a burning passion for more of Jesus!