PRAYER + PRAISE

His Spirit Burns within Us

And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” —Luke 24:32

They, like so many others, walked away disappointed, sad to see the man they believed so much in suddenly leave this earth, dead, crucified on a cross. In their melancholy walk, on the road to Emmaus, they were joined by another person, one who tried to explain to them that the Scriptures had to be fulfilled, that Christ did indeed have to die on the cross in order to allow everything to come to pass. “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”

At the end of their journey with their unexpected companion, these two men realized His identity was Jesus, returned to them from that horrific death on the cross. The two men’s moment of revelation came as He broke bread with them. Amazingly, He opened their minds in a powerful way.

Christ enters into our life moments the same way today as He did then to those two souls walking from the scene of the cross, manifesting Himself to us now through the Holy Spirit. We are able to break bread with Him in the same way, having communion with Him in our hearts. We have to realize, like those two men did, that He is continually with us, be it in the quiet moments of meal time, in the times when we are walking in despair, to the most joyous of times.

After He departs, seemingly to vanish before their eyes, the two men confess to each other that their hearts were burning when Jesus spoke to them about the Scriptures needing to be fulfilled. It is a testament to the fact that even though His physical presence might not be with us, we can feel Him within us, as His Spirit is at work within us.

Praise: That He is with us always.

Prayer: That we allow our eyes and our hearts to realize when He is before us.

Prayer for Today: Dear Lord, we thank You for today, as every day. We thank You that You are with us always. We praise You for the work on the cross and how it fulfilled everything. We praise You that in that moment where You left this earth, You paved a path for You to eternally be with us. May we break bread with You and experience You fully in the heart, day in and day out. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.