Putting God's Word into Practice…

Luke 5:1-16-Abundant Prayer=Abundant Results

on March 22, 2012

The crowds were pressing in on Jesus; so he jumped into a boat, asked to be rowed out a little farther, and taught from the boat.  Afterward, Jesus asked the boat worker Simon Peter to drop the nets.  What happened next was an astounding physical picture of what life is like when Christ is involved. Verses 5-7 say, “And Simon Peter answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing!  But at your word I will let down the nets.”  And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.  They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.

  1. What we do in our own strength can be discouraging and unproductive–we toil!  I don’t even like the sound of that word.
  2. Jesus’ word leads to results.
  3. Not just any results, but results too big to be measured.

In verses 8 we see Simon Peter’s response to this event, “He fell down at Jesus’ knees saying, “Depart from me for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”  Jesus comforts with, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”  And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him. (10b-11)

  1. The results Jesus gives should cause us to worship and glorify Him.
  2. They should also cause us to confess our own sinful unbelief and striving.
  3. Jesus showed kindness and gave a mission after his confession.
  4. Jesus is worth leaving everything behind and following.

In the next section (12-16) we see the mounting ministry pressures that Jesus is facing, and we also see the key to His faithful, compassionate ministry.  Verse 16 says, “But he would withdraw to desolate places AND pray.”  He didn’t strategize, go to the spa, hit up the local coffee shop, or go out for cold ones with the guys–sitting around rehashing his tough day, busy schedule, complaining about people.  HE PRAYED!  Prayer gives power to ministry because it displays our dependence on the source of the power–Almighty God!  Mostly when I am overwhelmed, I withdraw but I neglect praying–praying for guidance, more love, strength and protection from discouragement.

That’s what I’m going to do right now…

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