SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading Isaiah 19.
“For they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them.” –Isaiah 19:20
God allowed people to have great difficulty/oppression so that they would call on HIM, and HE would deliver them. HE would be their Champion and Savior.
Everyone has problems. They look to the most powerful source for solutions. In our day, most people seem to look to government to make things better. If they’re sick, they look to science. We must look to GOD and call on HIS NAME.
The church must be mobilized to PRAY–to call on God for deliverance and salvation. Too often do we look to political leaders and other people for our help. Certainly they are important and part of the solution, but our hope must be in God, and our FIRST step must be to PRAY.
Father, I confess my own prayer-lessness to You. I confess the pride of thinking I, or government leaders, can fix what’s wrong in the world. You must send a Champion! And You already have! I put my hope and trust in Jesus! Strengthen me as I urge others to call on You and hope in You as well!