What's up Relentless Students! We are on day 16 of our 30-day Devo! I hope you all are enjoying our current practice of guided prayer. Today, we will continue in guided prayer, be sure to read the passage below and then play the attached podcast! Pro-tip, if you have a hard time just sitting there and listening try drawing or writing while in prayer.
Our passage today is Hebrews 12:1-3 which says,
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted."
Jesus did not have an easy life here on earth. He was hated by His own people, falsely accused of blasphemy, flogged, and put on a cross to die. Yet, his prayer was “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42). How did Jesus keep going forward? He kept His eyes forward. In our passage, it says "who for the joy that was set before him...". Jesus set His eyes on the result, the hope, not His surrounding circumstances.
What have we set our eyes on? It can be hard to look past what is happening to you at the moment. For some of us, it can be hard to look past what has already happened. We let our circumstances control our emotions instead of turning to God "not my will, but yours". What would it look like if we focused on the hope we have in Jesus and went through this life being driven by the joy, rather then whatever we feel moment to moment? I think it would begin to look a lot more like Jesus. We would be sacrificial with our time, energy, resources. We would serve those around us whenever we had the chance. We would tell the world why we have hope, even in the midst of suffering.
The challenge today is to follow along with the guided prayer above and journal about your engagement with God. Also, ask yourself "where are my eyes fixed and why?"
Our prayer today,
God, we praise You for another day. We thank You for sending Your Son for us. God may we set our eyes on the hope You have provided. May we be sacrificial servants to those around us. May we feel empowered by the hope only You can provide. Thank You for being the loving God You are. God, we love You and we sing Your praises even now. We pray all of this in Jesus' name, Amen.