Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Day 10: Finish Strong

John 17:5 “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with 

   One of the first major battles fought in the American Civil War was
the First Battle of Bull Run (First Manasses). The Union army, though
inexperienced, was confident that their southern foes would soon
be retreating to Richmond and the war would be over in a few
weeks. This was not the case, as the Union armies were eventually
routed and in full (chaotic) retreat back toward Washington, D.C.
Because of the chaos, inexperience and disorganization associated
with this first battle, the Confederate troops missed an opportunity
to pursue the retreating Union army and lay siege to Washington,
D.C. Could the war have ended soon after it started with a
Confederate victory?
   In John 17:5 Jesus is praying toward the completion of His
mission. His desire – to finish strong and obey His Father as He
ascends to heaven where He ever lives to make intercession for
the saints (see Hebrews 7:25). Because of this answered prayer,
Jesus’ mission was completed and salvation was secured for lost
humanity. This challenges the church and believers alike to do the
same – finish strong. How are you doing?

Prayer Points
   • Ask the Father to show you unfinished steps of obedience
   • Pray that Christ will forgive and cleanse your heart and help you
finish strong your mission

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