Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Luke 5:12-16 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
12 Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy.[a] When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” 13 Then Jesus[b] stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do choose. Be made clean.” Immediately the leprosy[c] left him. 14 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.” 15 But now more than ever the word about Jesus[d] spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. 16 But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
As Jesus’ fame spread, the crowds would gather to hear him and to be made whole. The needs were endless and the crowds gathered. Jesus’ response was fascinating. Luke 5:15-16 says, “many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.”
Jesus would regularly withdraw to be by himself and pray. Is there something you and I can learn here? With demands pressing in on him, he would go apart and pray. Jesus made prayer a vital part of His daily schedule. He disciplined himself to pray regularly. We all understand—and live—busy schedules. We know about deadlines. We understand time pressures and stresses and demands.
But the truth is that when we feel we are so busy and our schedules are so hectic and the competition is so fierce and the times are so tough and we can’t afford to take the time to pray, then that’s when we need to pray most of all. That’s the time when we can’t afford not to take the time to pray!
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster