John 17: 1-12
Father I know that You answer my prayers as specifically as I say them. I thank You. Today I give thanks and pray that You would touch my heart to be loving and respectful even to those whose hearts are hardening or hardened. Help me to walk even when I feel weak, hear through the chaos, see through the darkness, and speak even when I’m afraid. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Jesus was sent here to do a job, to provide the Way, the Light, and the Truth for those who were walking aimlessly. He educated and empowered His disciples to spread the gospel as He shared it, and once His time here was running short, He told God that He was ready for what was next in the plans. The vast majority of us are not prepared and mature enough to say “next” to God, because we’re too busy trying to say “I still need more time” or we’re paralyzed by fear, with no forward progression whatsoever.
I will admit that there are plenty of things that I have not accomplished, ideas, things and projects that I started yet never finished—because I got in the way—I allowed fear and doubt to creep in and grind me to a halt. The most successful people are the ones who continue to press forward despite the pain, the loss, the humiliation, and the fear. They persevere anyway. The transition from okay to good to great to excellent is all determined by the amount of time, effort, and force that we invest in pressing forward despite the odds that are seemingly stacked against us.
Imagine the “mountain” that Jesus faced, yet he still pressed forward. You can do it. I can do it. We can do it. Let’s keep walking, keep climbing, keep getting up. God is waiting!
Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?
3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?
4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?
5. Who would you like to pray for today?
6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.
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