Read Luke 2:21-32
In today’s reading, verse 25 tells us of Simeon. Other than saying he lived in Jerusalem, what Luke wanted us to know first and foremost was that Simeon was righteous and devout. My mind instantly thinks, “If Luke were writing today, what would he say about me?” Sure, I live in Wooster now. But how would those who know me finish that sentence? Would it be limited to my profession? “. . .who is a dentist”. Or maybe how I’ve served in the past? “. . . who used to sing in contemporary worship.” Each day we are given options about what we will do and say. Every single one of those choices defines us to others. Personally, I would like to think people would see me and think “loves Jesus and loves encouraging others”; hence my life verse of Galatians 6:10. How would you describe yourself? How would others describe you?
Back to this amazing scene in the Bible. The Holy Spirit had revealed that Simeon’s prayers for the Consolation of Israel would be answered in physically seeing and touching the Messiah in his lifetime. Wow!! Moreover, his prayer, starting in verse 30, proclaimed, “My eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the sight of all nations; a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” No wonder Mary and Joseph marveled at this!
I will leave you with these thoughts taken from verse 29: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. “ As a righteous and devout man, Simeon certainly spent many hours in quiet reflection and solitude with God. Surely, he prayed for many people and situations. But, of all those things, first and foremost on his prayer list apparently was for the coming of the Messiah. And in this time and place in history, Simeon’s prayers recognized Israel’s need for Consolation.
What do you pray for? Is there something that is always at the top of your list? Something your heart aches to see? The “Jesus, if this or that could happen before I die” kind of prayer? I’ve thought a lot about that lately. If you took all those things I care about, put them in a big box, and placed them on an altar, praying, “God, please tend to all these things.” I realize now that they have already been answered . . .answered in Jesus. I am not ready to be “dismissed” into His presence. There are so many more ways I’d like to be used in the lives of people. But I can rest assured that my deepest, most heartfelt prayers have already been answered, whether I see them or not.
7 Day Family Prayer Challenge
DAY 6: PRAY FOR HEALING
Read Psalm 147:3, Matthew 11: 28-30. Let’s be honest, there is no such thing as the perfect family. Every family has been broken and has experienced heartbreak. The world is diseased by sin, which leaves precious families to deal with death, divorce, abuse, addiction, and so much more. Pray for your family today and ask God to begin to heal the wounds/hurts that they live with every day. Ask Him to show your family His never-ending, never-failing, all-consuming love and mercy.