In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 13 Jesus told a parable about a sower who went out to sow seeds. Some of his seeds fell on a hard path and were eaten by the birds. Some other seeds fell on shallow, rocky soil and sprang up quickly only to wither and die in the scorching sun. Still other seeds fell among weeds and were choked out. But some fell in good soil and reproduced exponentially. Jesus explained that the word of God has a hard time taking root in the hard soil of some peoples’ hearts. Others receive the word in a shallow manner, but when any hardship comes, they abandon the faith. Still others allow the weeds and cares of this world to choke out the word from truly affecting their lives. So, as you read our scripture assignment for today pray that God’s word will find fertile ground in your heart. Pray for the Lord to turn your stony heart into a heart of flesh so that His Word might take root and grow.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.