Throughout the Listen, Learn, Love series, we invite you to pray as a group or by yourself. This guide can be used as a supplement or an alternative activity to using the sermon study guide.
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The parable of the Good Samaritan has supernatural relevance to the world we are living in today. As you read through the passage from Luke 10, take some time to pray through each section, asking God to show you how to apply these rich lessons to listening, learning about, and loving others in your life.
PRAYING THROUGH THE PARABLE of the GOOD SAMARITAN
In your group or by yourself, spend some time in prayer, asking God to continue the difficult and beautiful work in our hearts so that we can love one another the way He has called us to do. Ask Him for humility. Ask Him to show us the places we want desperately to protect but need to surrender.
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Prayer: God, search my heart that so that I can see which questions I should ask to bring me closer to your heart. How can I better focus on the things of your Kingdom instead of concerning myself with checking off boxes? Let my questions be about how I can love instead of asking questions to merely get things right.
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
Prayer: God, how am I to understand your Word? Show me how to read it. Show me your heart behind your instructions.
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
Prayer: God, help me to desire to live as fully as you're calling me to do, rather than desiring to escape suffering or death.
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Prayer: God, show me the people I miss. Show me those around me that I don’t see. Show me how I can understand your definition of “neighbor.”
30 In reply, Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
Prayer: God open my heart to see any cultural norms and beliefs that I hold onto which prevent me from showing mercy to others.
33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
Prayer: Jesus, show me how to go above and beyond for others, just as you did. Show me how to see people, how to meet their needs, and how to help them find healing.
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Prayer: As Isaiah 6:8 says, "Here I am. Send me." Father, make me a vessel of your love that bridges the gap between me and my neighbor.