a prayer about the gospel changing everything

Father: I thank you and praise you for how profoundly you have changed my relationship with you, with your ways, and with your Word through the gospel.

Apart from the gospel, any approach to you was an approach to a severe, wrathful judge who had an airtight case against me. But now, in the gospel, I approach you as a beloved, adopted son, as a member of your family with the full rights and privileges of your other children – even an inheritance from you that will never perish, spoil, or fade!

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a prayer for standing firm in true grace

By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it.

– 1 Peter 5:12

Lord God:

Only your true grace is sure footing on the shifting, sinking, sandy paths of life. Adversaries will come against us. Temptations will ensnare us. Doubt and unbelief will divert us. As we journey toward our heavenly city, every step along our way will be fraught with peril. (more…)

a prayer for deeper love for the church

Beautiful Jesus:

May we love your Bride, the Church, as you love her, having given yourself up for her. Too often, through a spirit too critical of the sins of others, or through pride that too highly esteems our own godliness, we condemn the Bride that you have given your life for. Help us, Savior, to see her beauty as you do – not a beauty born of her own merit, but of the merit you have given her by loving her. (more…)

a prayer for gospel clarity and gospel unity

Father God:

Few things are worth fighting for in life. In particular, few things are worth discord and ruffled feathers among your people. The clarity of the gospel, of course, is worth fighting for. Since it was worth the death of your Son to you, the gospel should be a precious treasure to us. When that treasure is contaminated or spoiled or corrupted in any way, we should fight to restore it to its brilliance and beauty. (more…)