Thought of the Day October 2, 2019 Jesus and the will of God

By 9:55 AM

Let us reflect on the rhythm in the life of Jesus. Sensing the deep call from the Father, he went down to the Jordan to verbalize his yes to the Father, without knowing the every iota of that call. While in prayer, Luke tell us, he experiences his first public manifestation of the Father’s will. We read: “After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22)  This myth experience of the kiss of the Father in the Holy Spirit sustained Jesus throughout his earthly ministry.

He next spends forty days and night in prayer and fasting to begin an important phase of his ministry, confronting the temptations of the Devil not to be obedient to the will of God, but to seek his own way in life. How often do we turn to prayer in the face of onslaughts of the evil one?

Knowing that he was not to minister alone, Jesus prayed for the Father to reveal to him from the many disciples who were following him, who were the Twelve upon which he will build the kingdom of God.  In major decisions affecting our ministry do we seek the Lord’s will and plan?

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