SOAP – Day 148

S: “I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” – http://bible.us/John17.26.NIV

O: In my Bible, this passage (John 17:20-26) is under the heading, “Jesus Prays For All Believers” which is contained within a series of prayers Jesus is praying the day before He is to be arrested and crucified. Jesus spends time praying to God for his followers and His believers, for glory and unity to come to God out of what is about to happen. This is very heavy to me when I think about it as, Jesus prayed for ME right before HE knows what is about to happen. ME…..YOU…..US. WOW!

A: Jesus was selfless, thoughtful and never took His eyes off of God (knowing full well the rejection and persecution He would have to face). I pray that my thoughts and actions are surrounded by the same spirit that Jesus had, that I am not seeking personal glory or acceptance with this world. I want to have my eyes so fixed on God and that my words and actions show to others without a doubt what my motives are (glorification to God).

P: Father God, thank You for the wisdom and guidance that You have given us that help teach us the ways and actions you want us to follow.Father, I pray that you help correct me and keep me on this path, to keep my eyes fixed on you and that my thoughts, actions and words are for Your glorification. Amen.

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2 thoughts on “SOAP – Day 148

  1. Brad, this prayer in John 17 is very challenging to me as well…I thinks I could spend hours meditating on it truth and meaning. The biggest challenge is as you’ve stated, to surrender ourselves to our Heavenly Father so that HE gets the glory from our obedient life!

    • Totally agree with you there, Peter! I don’t see much in this world to support the view of what we do (in this case, being obedient to God) will benefit us because it brings someone else glory. Most of what I see in media and even actions of others is, “How does this benefit ME?” That’s why I’m grateful that people like you, our church family and the Word of God is in my life, so I can keep my sights on the ultimate mission statement!

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