S: I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. John 17:13 (NIV)
O: Everything You do and say, You do with purpose. Even here, not wanting to withhold anything from those You love, You speak so they might have the full measure of Your joy within them. Your disciples had little idea of what was coming, but You knew, and with this prayer You prepared them – even if they couldn’t fully grasp it all – You gave them all they needed to know; You gave them Your joy.
A: You do the same for me. You know what lies ahead for me, and where You have gone ahead for me. You speak to me with purpose and share Your joy within me – joy in Your finished work which brings glory to You and the Father!
Sometimes I fail to realize the significance in baby steps – that every step is progress, even if it’s not perfect. Every step towards You and who You made me to become is reason for joy – Your joy!
Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.
Psalm 84:10-11 (NIV)
P: Jesus, thank You for sharing Your joy with us. How wonderful it is to experience! We love You, too – so much! May Your joy overflow in me today, and may it bring glory to You, God!
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