Daily Advent Prayer Challenge – Day 22.
Read Luke 22. Commentary – Luke 22 is the longest chapter. It takes us further and further down a path of no return. We hear about the plot to kill Jesus, Satan entering Judas to get the ball rolling, disputes among his closest followers, denial, swords, handing over, arrest, mocking, beating, and a kangaroo court that has already decided guilt. Without knowing what is to happen, it all seems so hopeless. It feels as though all is lost. Jesus words in vs. 67 capture the chapter well – “if I tell you, you will not believe.”
Let us pray. God of light, in the darkest of hours, give us your light. Even a small spark will keep us going. What Jesus faced wasn’t new. It didn’t end there either. The names and the faces change, but evil seems to show up at dark hours in humanity. There are plenty who will not listen, who will not believe – no matter what is said. We lament their spiritual deafness and blindness.
Today I pray for those who are demand a sign, but aren’t open to the truth regardless of what would be presented. They have already decided are have made up their mind. They worship their belief. There can be no compromise, no presentation of anything that differs with what they want to believe. I weep for these lost ones. What are we to do with them? In the midst of such darkness, give courage to all those to follow the light of truth. Give them the faith they need to say and do what needs to be said and done in order to live out the faith you give us. Amen.