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Before you comment or read what I have posted, read today’s passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.)
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Click here for today’s reading: Matthew 20, 21, 22
Here is my SOAP for today, Saturday, November 25, 2018
Matthew 20:20 “Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. 21 “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”
22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. 23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”
Matthew 21:21 “Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
31 “Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.”
Matthew 22:21 “Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
29 “Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”
37 “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 21:21 may be one of the most abused verses in the entire Bible… “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Seriously? Whatever I ask?? What a deal! Let me think about this for a minute… What am I going to ask for if this is really true…
My Ford F-150 is pretty nice… but it’s a 2010. I’d love a brand new one… How about a really nice, new house? I love our house, but it was built in 1899… It is just… old. It’s really cool, really simple design (four square). I’d love to take my wife to France. It’s her dream.
But that’s not what Jesus is talking about. And it’s certainly not about speaking to a mountain and casting it into the sea. How about praying for peace. Praying for those who are less fortunate that we are? How about praying for the salvation of our loved ones… and then praying for the strength and wisdom to love them well, to love them into the kingdom. How about praying that God would give us wisdom with our finances?
Lord, give me Your heart for the things that are important to you.