I’m reading a book entitled “Gospel” by JD Greear that is
helping me appreciate the gospel in fresh, new ways.  It is sharpening my prayer life by suggesting
a prayer that is directly in line with our Christian Gospel.  The prayer has four components and goes like

1) In Christ, there is nothing I can do that would make You love me more, and nothing I have done that makes You love me less. 
2) Your presence and approval are all I need 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 really blessed with how PRACTICAL this prayer indeed
is, and how it is rooted in our faith.  In
past weeks I have been falling to sleep with the first prayer in my head and
heart.  While I was on the golf course
with Mary (hitting some less than ideal shots with some new friends) I found
myself calling out to God with the second prayer.  I have found the third prayer helpful already
in pastoral counseling situations.  The
fourth prayer is rooted in our celebration of Good Friday and Easter.

I want to encourage you to pick up this book and make it a
part of your reading plan.  I also invite
you to learn the prayer that is taught and fold it into your prayer
vocabulary.  God’s gospel is so practical
in that it relates to our life issues every day.  Our church is facing spiritual battles that
call upon God’s grace.  If we are going to fulfill our mission of
inviting neighbors to find a home in Christ together, it will be because God is
moving and answer our prayers.  Let’s be
a praying people!

Pastor Jeff

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