Week 1. Monday: At a Distance
PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.
READ: Luke 17:11-13
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words
Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words.
Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean.
Think About It: The lepers stood at a distance. Leprosy was such a severe disease people would not approach the infected nor would the infected approach others. Read Leviticus 13:45-46; Numbers 5:2. Lepers lived in isolation. So often our sin, or the things we do that we are ashamed of, isolate us. We feel as though we have nowhere to turn. Who could possible understand, or who would want to understand, what I am going through? It's embarrassing. Painful. Certainly no one would, or could, help me. We feel isolated, left to battle our disease, addiction, hurt, or hangup alone. But what if we did "call out"?
James 5:16: Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Matthew 11:28; Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?
What are some areas in life that cause you to feel isolated or “at a distance”?
What would it look like to “confess your sins” to someone? Who would it be? How would you take the first step?
PRAY: Ask God to identify some areas where you need help. Ask God to help you identify someone to come alongside you for confession and healing.