BEFORE YOU BEGIN TODAY, take a few moments to quiet your mind and prepare your heart to receive God’s Word. Take a deep cleansing breath, and then pray "Speak Lord, I your servant am ready to listen."
20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”
29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die.
“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose, I have come to this hour” (v. 27).
Jesus’ soul was troubled because He was about to experience an excruciating death. Facing all that was to come—such agony that the thought of what He must do caused Jesus to sweat blood—His focus was on the glory of God. He knew the stakes, and He understood the cost. And still He said, “Father, glorify your name” (v. 28).
Suffering is never easy. Not even Jesus, the perfect God-made-man, was spared from the pain of suffering. But God is faithful, and we can trust Him to comfort us as we seek to do His will.
PRAYER POWER POINT # 1
If you’re suffering, ask God to comfort you, through His Word and through people in your life who can encourage, inspire and reassure you.
PRAYER POWER POINT # 2
Jesus knew what would happen to Him, and He still laid down His own desires for the will of the Father. Where are you unwilling to put aside your own desires or plans for something God is calling you to? Where have you prioritized other things in your life over the sacrificial obedience God has called us to through Scripture?
Take a moment to consider those things, and, if you’re ready, ask God to forgive you for valuing the things of this world and your own desires and ambition more than eternal things and godly, kingdom of God minded ambition. Pray for God to give you joy in Him through obedience, and then trust that His Spirit is working in you, because He loves you.
PRAYER POWER POINT # 3
Jesus’ death had eternal ramifications, both for our reconciliation to God and for our ministry here on this earth. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (v. 24).
It was only through death that God’s glorious plan for salvation was accomplished. Through Jesus’ sacrifice, generations of believers, people from every tribe, tongue, and nation, can come to know God and be adopted into His family.
Pause and meditate on Jesus’ words in this passage, and respond with thankfulness that, through Him, we are able to bear fruit that has eternal impact.
Pray for our sisters and brothers in other countries who share, with us, in the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Pray that their lives will bear much good fruit, that God would be glorified, and that we as Christ followers would all be strengthened, blessed and encouraged.