Today’s Key Scripture
“And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’”
— Luke 9:18
After Jesus went to Caesarea Philippi and spent time in prayer, He asked His disciples, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
They, of course, answered, “John the Baptist, but some say Elijah and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again” (verse 19).
Then He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” (verse 20).
Peter answered, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God (verse 16, KJV).
Matthew gives us the rest of the story, for after Peter had spoken these words, the Lord said to him: “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 16:17).
There was much talk about Jesus already—from the top officials to people on the streets—and He already knew what the people thought. What He wanted was to have His disciples express what God had revealed to them.
When Peter proclaimed Jesus to be God’s Son, it marked a major step in the disciples’ understanding. From that point, Christ began speaking of building His church and what was to come.
And it happened after prayer and intimate time spent with Master Jesus!
A Prayer for Today
Father God, thank You for enlightening my mind to the light of Your Word. Protect me from wrong thinking; instead, help me to focus on You who are perfect, great in mercy, and longsuffering toward me. Deliver me from the attacks of the Enemy. Fill me with Your pure teaching. May I glorify You in word and deed today. I pray this in the name above all names, Jesus, amen.
*All Scripture references are NKJV unless otherwise noted.