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The Art of Neighboring - Week 1 - Prayer Guide

Posted by Sara Goetz on

The parable of the Good Samaritan is a beautiful illustration of how to do what God called us to do: to love our neighbor. Consider using this prayer guide to pray through the scripture either individually or as a group.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan - Luke 10:25-37

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?”

God, search my heart so that I can see which questions I am asking will 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 about getting things right.

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

God, how am I to understand your law? Show me how to read it. Show me your heart behind the commandments.

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’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

God, help me to desire to live more than to desire to escape death. Remind me that obeying and responding to your calling is life as its fullest.

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

God, show me the people I miss - both those far from me and right next door. Show me those around me that I don’t see. Show me how I can fully embrace the literal 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.

God, open my heart to the seemingly good rules & beliefs that I hold onto that are preventing me from showing mercy. Show me what is making me afraid, timid, or uncertain about reaching out. Show me where I am paralyzed by insecurities, show me how I can let go of the things holding me back. Teach me to trust that what you’ve called me to do, you’ve also equipped me to do.

 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[c] 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.’

Pray: Show me how to see people, how to meet their needs, and how to help them find healing. Show me what I can do to connect, what questions to ask, and what actions to take.

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.”

Pray Isaiah 6:8: Here I am. Send me. 

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