When one has been forgiven, he has a living well of grace within him. The overflow of his life is grace. He has been graced by God and now has a supernatural ability to grace others. Prayer takes the disciples of Jesus before the throne of grace. Therefore, the outstanding character quality of the man or woman of prayer should be grace.
John describes Jesus in his Gospel account by writing, “The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The grace of God flows from the glory of God.
When one beholds Jesus, he sees the glory of God. And grace flows majestically from his life. When one is conformed into His image, he will be described as a person of grace.
This is why Jesus not only taught the disciples to pray, “Forgive us our debts,” but He added, “as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12). Forgiveness toward others is the overflow of the life that has been forgiven. When one refuses to forgive others, there is a hindrance to the flow of grace in his life. He ceases to live by the principle of grace and begins to live by the principle of performance. Thus, the prayer life is thwarted. It is impossible to come before the throne of grace and, at the same time, refuse to allow the grace of God to flow through us to others. We cannot receive grace from God and refuse grace to others. That would be living by two conflicting principles.
Father, Your Word has become flesh, and in the person of Jesus, I am forgiven! What an amazing reality! Grace flows from Your glory and I am the beneficiary of the power of Your great love. I ask You for a forgiving spirit that takes no offense and readily offers Your grace to others.
Praise God, the Most Holy, worthy of all honor. Give thanks for gatherings where you can join in praise (Ps. 22:22, 25). Confess your reluctance to share such joys outside of Christian circles. Commit yourself to offering glimpses of God’s grace to those outside the fellowship. Ask God to show you someone who craves the balm of Gilead (Jer. 46:11).
Ask God to give your congregation joy in being Jesus’ hands and feet. Pray for specific ways your church can help others meet their needs for food, income, housing, and transportation.
“The mightier anyone is in the Word, the more mighty he will be in prayer.” —William Gurnall
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.
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