A Prayer For You Today
Pastor Joe | December 4, 2023 | A Prayer For You Today
December 4, 2023
Man's maker was made man that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother's breast; that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey; that Truth might be accused of false witnesses, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on wood; that Strength might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; that Life might die.
John Bunyan, author of Pilgrims, wrote.
One day, as I was passing into the field, this sentence fell upon my soul: ‘Thy righteousness is in heaven.’ And with the eyes of my soul, I saw Jesus at the Father’s right hand. ‘There,’ I said, ‘is my righteousness!’ So that wherever I was or whatever I was doing, God could not say to me, ‘Where is your righteousness?’ For it is always right before Him.
I saw that it is not my good frame of heart that made my righteousness better, nor yet my bad frame that made my righteousness worse, for my righteousness is Christ. Now my chains fell off indeed. My temptations fled away, and I lived sweetly at peace with God.
Now I could look from myself to Him and could reckon that all my character was like the coins a rich man carries in his pocket when all his gold is safe in a trunk at home. Oh, I saw that my gold was indeed in a trunk at home, in Christ my Lord. Now Christ was all: my righteousness, sanctification, redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30-31)
How great is our God!
A prayer for you today.
Father, out of pure grace, you have given us the blessing of righteousness in Your dear Son. Through Him, You take sin, death, and hell from us and grant us all that belongs to Him. Thank You for the truth of substitutionary atonement.
Please forgive us for our secret faults. Take away from us the heart of stone and give us a heart of flesh, a heart to love and adore You, a heart to delight in You, to follow and enjoy You.
Please give us Your strength to resist evil, love You, the living God, and love others as Jesus would.
Moreover, by Your Spirit, work among us to live in harmony with You and others, yielding to Your grace and extending Your grace to others.
For Jesus' sake, Amen.
God bless you deeply. May Christmas truths and joys grow in us this week.