SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading Luke 24.
“He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” –Luke 24:45-47
Many people don’t understand the Scriptures–only those who have been enlightened by God to comprehend His message.
This verse seems to be an overview of the entire Bible–the ultimate purpose of the Bible’s message: that beginning from Jerusalem, we are to proclaim repentance for forgiveness of sins available to us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This must be our life purpose. All who name Jesus as Lord should contribute to the mission of proclaiming Jesus Christ to all the nations.
Call people everywhere to repentance and faith. Educate them on what this means–what to do, how to do it and why.
Father, thank You for Jesus Christ, Your Son and my Lord. I believe He is the hope of the world–the ultimate hope and only true hope–for He fulfills Your ultimate purpose to reconcile the nations to Yourself.
Give me strength, boldness and clarity as I lift up my voice and call people to repentance and faith. Give me fruit in my evangelism so that You will be glorified.
Father, I pray for the unreached peoples of the world. Send forth workers into that harvest. Sustain the workers already there. Show me what role I can play in reaching the nations for You!
Here I am, send me!
In Jesus’ name, Amen.