Today’s Scripture Reading: Luke 5:1-11, Mark 1:40-45, Matthew 8:1-4, Luke 5:12-16, Mark 2:1-12, Matthew 9:1-8, Luke 5:17-26, Mark 2:13-17, Matthew 9:9-13, Luke 5:27-32, Mark 2:18-22, Matthew 9:14-17, Luke 5:33-39
Heavenly Father, I can relate to Peter.
When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. —Luke 5:8-9
Lord, some days I have similar thoughts. Some days, I think,”Lord, I’m such a mess. How do You put up with me?”
As we read through the gospels, we see many of Peter’s antics. He was a zealous and passionate. He often allowed his passion to take over and Jesus had to clean up his messes. He reacted with the first thought that came into his head rather than taking the time to think things through. He over-promised and under delivered. He thought he was fearless. He thought he was strong.
Lord, I’m with Peter, when I see You in all Your Glory it causes me to see myself in all my sin.
Jesus, Your presence shines a light on my sinful nature and it is so painful. I’ve served You all my life. I get so frustrated when I act like I don’t even know You (just like Peter).
Peter didn’t really want You to leave him and neither do I. If You sent me a transcript of my prayers over the last few weeks, “Lord, please DON’T leave me” is probably the prayer I’ve prayed the most. Thankfully, Your Word assures me You will never leave me (Hebrews 13:5).
Lord, Peter and I don’t always mean what we say. Thank You for knowing the intent of our heart when we cry out in desperation.
Thank You for NOT answering Peter’s prayer.
Thank You for being with me!
In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: John 5:1-47, Mark 2:23-28, Matthew 12:1-8, Luke 6:1-5, Mark 3:1-6, Matthew 12:9-14, Luke 6:6-11, Matthew 12:15-21