The Passion We Need (Luke 24)

32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” Luke 24:32

As my eyes focused on Luke 24:32, I could not keep from speaking out loud. I was taken back that I actually spoke out loud so early in the morning. I wondered if I had awakened Sherry and John. But I could not contain myself. I just had to say, “Lord, I want my heart to burn this way. I want to have passion to meet with Jesus.”

Even as I write, I don’t know if Sherry and John are awake, but I am awake!!! I am right now asking God to speak to me so that I can know, obey, and share with others what He shares with me.

In Luke 24 the followers of Christ had been crushed by the events of the cross. When Jesus met the two disciples on the road, Luke records they were still sad (Vs: 18). Luke later comments, “they had lost all hope,” (Vs: 22).

As I consider those two followers of Christ, they lead me to consider Christians in our day. I think sadness and a loss of hope accurately describe many within the Christian family. I offer to you what Jesus said all those years ago to these sad and discouraged disciples:

 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”

Brothers and sisters, do you and I believe the Bible?

  • Jesus said He would suffer and He did. The prophets said He would, Isaiah 53.
  • Jesus said He would die and rise from the dead and He did, Mark 8:31; Luke 24:1-6.
  • Jesus said His church would suffer (John 15:17-21) and she has and continues to suffer (I Peter 3:14-21).
  • Jesus said His church would prevail and she is (Matthew 16:18).
  • Jesus said He would be with us and He is (Matt. 28:18-20).
  • Jesus said He would return and He will (Acts 1:8-11).

Do you believe these things? I know you just responded with a yes. But here is reality:

Some days we allow the circumstances around us to choke out the convictions within us.

Please allow me to challenge you to lean into God in days when you don’t feel like it. God’s people need daily time with God in prayer. When we pray consistently, God moves in and we move forward.

E.M. Bounds gives us great insight into our subject for the day:

“No learning can make up for the failure to pray, no earnestness, no diligence, not study, not gifts will supply its lack.”

When you and I get too busy to pray we get bogged down in a powerless life. But when we enter our closets and pray, Gods power is released into our lives!!! Oh, Father I want to live a passionate life with you and for you!!!

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