Colossians 1:27 says, “Christ in us, the hope of glory.” Is there a more astonishing verse in Scripture–that the Son of God has actually come to take up residence within the individual Christian? Yet we often view such a verse as dry biblical truth. It somehow fails to excite or thrill the soul. Even more telling–it fails to change the way we live.
What a difference it would make in our lives if we truly lived out the truth of Christ in us, the hope of glory; walking daily with Jesus–aware of His presence, His love, His strength, and His direction. Rather than asking the question in abstract, “What would Jesus do?” we would often throughout each day directly ask our indwelling Lord, “Jesus, what are you doing?” What a revival of changed life, character, and witness we would see among believers.
Lord Jesus, show me what You are doing in and around me so that I might join You in Your kingdom work. Penetrate my heart with the knowledge that You do live in me and that You are my hope of glory!
–Adapted from the article Personal Revival by Dave Butts, author of Forgotten Power: A Simple Theology for a Praying Church. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise “God, who is rich in mercy” (Eph. 2:4). Give thanks that, in that great mercy, God has made you alive with Christ even when you were dead in transgressions (2:5). Confess situations where you’ve been unwilling to let God’s mercy flow through you to someone who has wronged you. Commit to being merciful, knowing that this is where you also are shown mercy (Mt. 5:7). Ask God for the love and strength to be a merciful person.
Pray for missionaries who are introducing people to the God who saves, not because of righteous human actions but because of his mercy (Titus 3:5). Ask God to make his mercy-bearing believers merciful to one another.
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