Jesus went from village to village . . . announcing that the kingdom had arrived, that forgiveness of sins was happening, that God was transforming his people at last into the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Wherever people responded to his call, he gave them instructions as to how they should live, as the new-exodus people, the forgiveness-of-sins people. They were to live . . . as a cell of kingdom-people.
In particular, having received God’s forgiveness themselves, they were to practice it amongst themselves. Not to do so would mean they hadn’t grasped what was going on. As soon as someone in one of these Jesus-cells refused to forgive a fellow-member, he or she was saying, in effect, “I don’t really believe the kingdom has arrived.” The only reason for being kingdom-people, for being Jesus’ people, was that the forgiveness of sins was happening; so if you didn’t live forgiveness, you were denying the very basis of your own new existence.
Heavenly Father, Your life was a consistent demonstration of forgiveness and I want to follow Your example with everyone in my own life. Show me how to be filled with grace when my heart is angry, and teach me to be unoffended when others hurt my feelings or step on my toes. I want to be known by Your character as I extend mercy and forgiveness to those around me so that Your kingdom can be lived out fully in my life.
–Adapted from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka
Praise God for his powerful actions on your behalf. Thank God for saving you and bringing you into the richness of life with him. Confess attitudes of self-reliance and independence from God. Commit yourself to remembering that all he has placed in your hands is still his. Ask God to give you a giving spirit.
Pray that God will show himself holy through his people in the sight of the nations (Ezek. 39:27).
—Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.