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Day One | January 8th


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him…

Hebrews 12:1-3


One running coach has stated that he can predict which runners in a race will fall behind. What is his primary clue? Runners who begin to look down while they are running will almost always also fall behind the pack. His advice to runners is to keep their eyes up. This passage tells us to do the same in our faith journey.

Using the metaphor of a runner in a race, the writer of Hebrews encourages the readers to fix their eyes on Jesus while they are running “the race marked out” for them. You can also think about it like driving a car. If a driver starts looking off to one side of the road, it’s likely that the car will begin to drift in that direction. Whatever a person’s focus is on determines their end destination.

There is a timeless hymn that captures this idea:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus.

Look full in His wonderful face.

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace.

- Helen H. Lemmel


During these next 21 Days of Prayer Focuses, these devotionals will encourage you to keep your focus on Jesus. This may look like spending some time reading the Bible, praying, worshipping, or being more purposeful about thinking about Him during the day. Today, ask the Lord to show you how you can intentionally keep your attention fixed upon Jesus. Write it down and keep it in front of you to consistently remind yourself of the challenge God’s giving you. If you don’t know where to start, take a moment to pause and pray during your lunch. Thank God for the gift that Jesus is and the work He’s done in your life.

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