Read: Matthew 13:18–23
Key Verse: And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. —Matthew 18:23
Over the years, I’ve learned about the importance of good soil. Putting in a yard for the first time, it was necessary to remove all of the construction debris, rocks, and clay before putting down the fresh, healthy topsoil. The yard we planted took root and grew beautifully. The side yard, however, was a different story. We didn’t prepare the soil and it failed miserably.The plants we planted there never grew.We read in this chapter of Matthew what’s known as the parable of the soils. We learn that the Word of God (the seed) is sown and lands on all different types of soil—rocky, thorny, and good. Oftentimes, we concentrate our prayers on sowing the seed itself. Today though, I am challenged by verse 23 to pray for the one in whom the Gospel has taken root. We have those among us that need our prayers as the Gospel begins to grow in good soil.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for reminding me to pray for Your people who are growing in faith. I ask Lord, that you continue to nurture them and grow them in relationship with You. Help me to be one to bring nourishment and encouragement to them, as we all are growing in You!
Julie Zager | Director of Women’s Ministry