S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”
They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?”
“Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.”
Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! Jesus sternly warned them, “Don’t tell anyone about this.”
But instead, they went out and spread his fame all over the region. When they left, a demon-possessed man who couldn’t speak was brought to Jesus. So Jesus cast out the demon, and then the man began to speak. The crowds were amazed. “Nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!” they exclaimed. But the Pharisees said, “He can cast out demons because he is empowered by the prince of demons.”
Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Matthew 9:27–38 NLT
Do you feel closer to God because of how Jesus made himself accessible to the broken, the poor and the hurting?
Do you approach the throne of God in prayer with confidence as you are invited to?
Jesus’ legitimate power was highly suspect to the power-players of the day. In their envy, they totally misunderstood Jesus’ heart and power. Those who work for the Lord are also often misunderstood as we stand for truth and love. Are you intimidated in promoting Jesus out of a fear of being misunderstood?
Lord, teach me to have the faith that allows me to see. Teach me to have the trust that when you move, it is for my good. Teach me to follow your footsteps even when I don’t know where they will lead. Calm my spirit and help me find life even in dark and difficult places.