Cathy Hurtado

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is.  Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

"At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place.  The people were looking for Him and when they came to where He was, they tried to keep Him from leaving them.  But He said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”  And He kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea."  Luke 4:42-44

Jesus gives us a great example to follow in this passage.  All around Him people have been pursuing Him and making demands of Him.  What does He do to stay on course?  He goes away to a solitary place to spend time with His Father.  When He encounters the masses again, His vision is clear.  He knows what God wants Him to do and He can walk away from people clamoring for His time and attention because He is clear about what God has called Him to do, to preach the good news of the Kingdom.  Though Jesus did heal and help people, that was not His primary calling.  His primary purpose was to save a lost world.

Apply God’s Word to your life.

We often get distracted from accomplishing God’s will because we are enticed into meeting needs and doing things that God never intended for us.  What demands come at you from all sides?  How do you usually decide which demands to meet and which not to meet?  Make the decision to get alone with God, away from the pressure and people, and ask God what He would have you do based on the priorities He has laid out in Scriptures.  The more and more we learn to do this daily, the less we get distracted and the more our lives line up with God’s priorities.

Father, thank you for Your example in this passage.  Forgive me for the times I miss Your will because I have been distracted by all the demands around me.  Give me the discipline to get away with You each day, to focus on You and Your will for my life.  Then, fill me with Your Spirit so I have the power to say “No” to some things so I can say ‘Yes” to You.  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."  Matthew 6:33

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."  Proverbs 3:5-6


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