OneWalk: Today’s Bible Verse, Reading and Prayer

Today’s verse

1 John 4:12 NLT
No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

Today’s reading

Luke 4 The temptation of Jesus



At the end of a grueling 40-day fast, Jesus must face the devil and endure a succession of temptations. Right out of the gate, the tempter offers this insinuating challenge: “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.” The evil worming its way into the devil’s sly interaction with Jesus is this: “If you are…” He is challenging the truth of Jesus’ identity—a primary and consistent weapon in his mission to “steal and kill and destroy” everything that matters to God (John 10:10). At the core of this insinuation, Satan is questioning the very foundations of truth. And Jesus responds (quoting Deuteronomy 8:3) with an answer anchored in the bedrock of truth: “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.’ ” When human beings decide for themselves what truth is, we descend into brutality and confusion and hopelessness. When we look to God’s own words as the source of our truth, we find life and hope and redemption and courage and strength. All truths are tributaries of the massive river of Truth, who is Jesus himself—this is why he is called “the Word” (John 1:1).

Today’s prayer

Dear Lord God You are truth, Jesus is the Word and the Word is truth. He walked and was tempted under the Sun just as we are. Yet we doubt Him and seek truth. Jesus is the cure for all our anxieties, troubles, worries and temptations we face under the Sun. Only the Son can save us. So I cry out in prayer for all those to afraid, to chained up in disbelief and lost in the ways under the Sun. Hear my prayer, touch them, heal them, speak to them, hold them close. Nothing is impossible for You. Use me, use someone to open their eyes and heart, break the chains that bind them, and convict them of their chosen ways. We are all prodigals lost under the Sun, to many have just not found their way home. Call out to them Lord God! Help them find the peace that only Jesus can give. This I ask in Jesus name. Amen

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