Sustained by God’s Word and Following Jesus
Luke 5:1-16: Jesus teaches people on the lakeshore. Then he tells Simon, a fisherman, to venture out into deeper water and let down his nets. Simon and his partners are amazed at the large catch of fish. They leave everything and follow Jesus. Then Jesus heals a man with leprosy, a dreaded skin disease, and news about Jesus spreads widely.
Jesus sat in the boat and taught the crowd.
1 One day Jesus was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret while the people pushed their way up to him to listen to the word of God.2He saw two boats pulled up on the beach; the fishermen had left them and were washing the nets.3Jesus got into one of the boats—it belonged to Simon—and asked him to push off a little from the shore. Jesus sat in the boat and taught the crowd.
4When he finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Push the boat out further to the deep water, and you and your partners let down your nets for a catch.”
5 “Master,” Simon answered, “we worked hard all night long and caught nothing. But if you say so, I will let down the nets.”6 They let them down and caught such a large number of fish that the nets were about to break.7So they motioned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and filled both boats so full of fish that the boats were about to sink.8When Simon Peter saw what had happened, he fell on his knees before Jesus and said, “Go away from me, Lord! I am a sinful man!”
9He and the others with him were all amazed at the large number of fish they had caught.10The same was true of Simon's partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. Jesus said to Simon, “Don't be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”
11They pulled the boats up on the beach, left everything, and followed Jesus.
12Once Jesus was in a town where there was a man who was suffering from a dreaded skin disease. When he saw Jesus, he threw himself down and begged him, “Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean!”
13Jesus reached out and touched him. “I do want to,” he answered. “Be clean!” At once the disease left the man.14 Jesus ordered him, “Don't tell anyone, but go straight to the priest and let him examine you; then to prove to everyone that you are cured, offer the sacrifice as Moses ordered.”
15But the news about Jesus spread all the more widely, and crowds of people came to hear him and be healed from their diseases.16But he would go away to lonely places, where he prayed.
Why did Simon, James, and John decide to follow Jesus? Why are you a follower of Jesus? Why did Jesus “go away to lonely places, where he prayed” (verse 16)? Where do you go to pray?
Holy God, I come to you in prayer, praising your name, confessing my sins and seeking your forgiveness, asking for your healing, and thanking you for your abundant blessings. Help me to deepen my prayer life and to seek and do your will. Amen.
Those seeking to develop a deeper prayer life
Luke 5:17-32: Jesus heals a paralyzed man and calls Levi, a tax collector, to follow him.