Joni & Friends Devotional

Joni and Friends Devotional | 17 August 2022

Joni and Friends Devotional | 17 August 2022

Joni and Friends Devotional | 17 August 2022


Joni and Friends Daily Devotional 17th August 2022 Wednesday Message

TOPIC: Let Down Your Net


It was one of those dry times. 

The Bible seemed about as inspiring as the Los Angeles phone book. Prayer felt like an exercise in futility. My prayers never seemed to make it more than two or three feet into the air. I would have been happy to get them as high as the ceiling. 

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My Christian friends kept going on and on about all they were learning and how they were growing and what God was telling them and wasn’t the Lord wonderful! I felt little interest in spiritual things. Faking it made me feel even more guilty. 

The hardest part was that I couldn’t trace the dry spell to anything specific. No besetting sins. No fights with my husband. Also, no roots of bitterness. No great lapses in my prayer life or Bible study. And no lack of fellowship. 

Yet my spirit felt as arid as July in the Mojave Desert. It was like those times when your smile loses its shine, your soul becomes dim, and your countenance tells you and everyone around you that something’s not quite right. 

Strange as it sounds, the closest biblical analogy I can find for those dry days takes place in the middle of a lake. Let’s pick up the story in Luke chapter 5. 

He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

Joni and Friends Devotional | 17 August 2022

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” -Luke 5:3-8

That’s a story for dry times – when you feel a little tired of trying…when you’re a little weary of praying prayers that don’t seem to get answered…when the pages of the Bible might as well be written in Egyptian hieroglyphics. 

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Simon, too, was weary. Tired of trying. His back ached and his eyelids drooped. He’d been at it all night long without so much as a sardine to show for it. Yet at the command of Christ, he let down his nets. One more time. 

Perhaps all of your nets are empty today. You’ve tried and tried but come up with nothing. You feel dry and dull, and you wonder if God has misplaced your file somewhere on his desk. 

He hasn’t! God has been listening to your prayers. As a matter of fact, it’s often those petitions offered in the dry times that please him best. 

Your heavy heart is no secret to the God who loves you. As David wrote:

All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you. -Psalm 38:9

He’s asking you today to let down your net. Once more time. Even though you haven’t seen amazing results in recent weeks. Even though your emotions say, “What’s the use?” Even though running an uphill marathon seems more appealing than seeking the Lord right now.

Joni and Friends Devotional | 17 August 2022

Nevertheless, obey the word of Christ and let down your net. Keep in the Word. Return to prayer. Confess your sin. Get accountable to a Christian friend. Worship with God’s people. Sooner or later, he’ll surprise you just like he surprised Simon Peter. He’s going to bring you out of that long night – out of that dryness. You’re going to experience his joy…more than you can handle. 

Be faithful. Trust him. Wait. 

Jesus can still fill an empty net. 

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. -Isaiah 40:29-31

God has not given up on you. Don’t give up on him. Seek him now in prayer and in his Word.

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Joni & Friends Ministries Founded by Joni Eareckson Tada in 1979, Joni and Friends are dedicated to reaching out to families living with disabilities all around the globe with gospel-adorned hope. We extend gospel-centered care through Community Support, Respite, Retreats and Getaways, and Crisis Response. And we connect families with Christ-honoring, disability-friendly churches where they find a place belong.



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Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

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