Spent some time in prayer, this morning. It included repenting for continuing to try to do things in my own power instead of staying plugged in to the Father and doing things His way. Sometimes I’m really good at listening – other times, not so much. When I find I’m slipping and trying to take control of something, I repent and release control back to God. I’ve done things my own way enough to know that His ways are definitely better! So, I give it all back to Him.
The reliance that Jesus had on His Father keeps coming up. It’s popped up in some of my previous posts in this series. As I was flipping through my journal, looking for the next blank page, I came across a couple of pages from March 30th. I try to write a title, or short description, at the top of the pages in case I need to go back and reference a previous entry. At the top of these pages, I wrote: “Doing what the Father does.”
There is a long list of Scripture from the Gospels that points to how Jesus only did what He saw His Father doing; speaking only what His Father spoke; surrendering to His Father’s will, instead of His own.
Here are some examples:
Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.” John 5:19-20
“For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken.” John 12:49
So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.” John 8:28
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39
“For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” John 6:38
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” John 10:14-15
These are just a few examples of the many times Jesus relied on the Father. I highly encourage you to spend some time meditating on all of John 17. It is the chapter where Jesus prays for Himself, His disciples and then all believers (that’s us!). It is a beautiful glimpse into that secret prayer time that Jesus was always going off to have with His Father.
Just as a son, when learning a trade, would watch and do what he saw his father doing – so should we, as children of God, watch and do what we see the Father doing. Speak what we hear the Father speaking. And always seek to do His will – not our own.
I’m sorry to say that there are no winners for last week’s challenge…since no one wanted to play. =( That’s okay – NEW challenge and NEW prize will be posted on Monday!
I hope everyone has a wonderful day…be BLESSED!