January 4, 2018
Read John 12:20-36
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Scripture- John 12:27-28- “Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your name.”
Observations- Here we find a slightly different version of the prayer Jesus utters in the Garden of Gethsemane. Given that He prayed for several hours it isn't surprising to have a number of reports. In this moment Jesus wanted to avoid the cross, but He understood it was ultimately the path He was called to travel to bring the Father glory and us into forgiveness and redemption.
Application- Jesus models here a way that we can pray. There will be many experiences in life we- quite naturally- want to and prefer to avoid, but in the Big Picture of all that God has in store for us His glory takes precedence over our convenience and personal desires. We get to bring God glory in whatever circumstances- from the most positive to the most painful- that occur in our one and only life. This is a hard truth.
Prayer- Lord, I really like it when what I want for my own life coincides with what will bring You glory. That, however, isn't always going to be the way things turn out for me personally and for Your church. We get curve balls and surprises. We will have pain and suffering, and my deepest desire and prayer is that You receive glory. Thank You for who You are and for Your abiding grace through every moment. Amen.
"Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:18),