Iím practicing a month of thanksgiving, in an effort to improve my prayer life. I understand the Father wants me to ask for what I need and he wants to answer. But for this month, Iím leaving the grocery list prayer and concentrating on who God is. Iíll study his attributes. This week Iím grateful that he is gracious.
He is gracious.
Iíve heard grace defined as Godís Riches At Christís Expense .
As James 1:17 says, ďEvery good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lightsĒ
Those good and perfect gifts are an act of grace, because all good comes from God, not from anything I do.
The good gift, Iím most grateful for is forgiveness and the promise of eternal life.
I recognize myself as sinful, confess that sin to God and he is faithful and just to forgive. This fulfills the law. (1 John 1:9)
Jesus was crucified, died, buried, and resurrected that I will have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Romans 10:13 promises that anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be freed from the chains of sin and given eternal life.
Ephesians 2:8-9 makes is clear I am saved by Godís graceóhis free gift of life. There is nothing I could do to achieve it.
Not only does God give me the free gift of life, he promises to answer my continuous prayers.
A walk through the Bible produces so many promises that God honors and answers prayer.
We are told that we can ask anything according to Godís will and he hears us. (John 5:14, John 14:13)
Jesus taught that what we ask, we will receive. The God of the universe wants my joy to be full. (John 16:24)
James taught to ask in faith without doubting. I am to believe what Jesus told me and have faith in him.(James 1:6-8)
I donít have to have a great faith. He honors the little I have. (Matthew 17:20)
Jesus said, if I ask it will be given, if I seek I will find, if I knock the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7)
Do you want to know more about Jesus, this Creator of the universe, this gracious Savior? Do you want to experience his grace, first hand? Open the door.
He is knocking now. Revelation 3:20