Monday, August 15, 2011

Gospel Prayer

Yesterday in church we started a new series titled Gospel: The Revolutionary Power of the Christian Life. I am very excited about this series as I am continually learning and being reminded in my own life that the gospel is not just for those outside of the church, but it is just as much for those inside the church. Just take a look at many of Paul's letters in the New Testament and you will discover that they were written for and addressed to the church in particular areas. 

In addition to this series, lead pastor J.D. Greear (jdgreear.com/), has a new book coming out towards the end of the series on October 1, which I blogged about earlier this summer here: http://t.co/p9LJPqr. In his upcoming book and at the start of this series he has given us what he calls, "The Gospel Prayer", which he describes as a tool for saturating yourself in the gospel daily. 

The prayer is broken down into four parts and I thought that it was worth sharing as it has helped me in my own life making sure that I am consistently lined up with the gospel. 

The Gospel Prayer:

1. "In Christ, there is nothing I could do to make You love me more; nothing I have done that makes you love me less." 

2. "You are all I need today for everlasting joy."

3. "As You have been to me, so I will be to others."

4. "As I pray, I'll measure Your compassion by the cross and Your power by the resurrection." 

I am still fairly new to this prayer, but it has already been a great tool in my own life. I have this prayer written down on a few different cards that I am placing at spots that I will see throughout the day that will assist me in gospel saturation. Perhaps the number one spot this will be is somewhere on my dashboard of my car so that as I go to work and return home I will be reminded of the gospel. So I encourage you to at least join me in this prayer for the next eight weeks to see how it helps keep you saturated in the gospel daily. 



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