Wednesday, October 31, 2018
There’s Nothing I Can’t Bring to God in Prayer
In review of Romans 8:32 it says, ”Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” (NLT).
Today’s verse from from Romans 8:31-39, where Paul explains that nothing can ever separate me from the God's love. He explains to me that If God is for me, who can ever be against me? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for me, won't he also give me everything else? God has give me a right standing with himself through Christ Jesus who died and was raised to life for me. He sits at the right at God's right hand, pleading for me. Can anything ever separate me from Christ's love? Despite all the things in my life, his overwhelming victory is mine through Christ who loves me. Because of this, its proof that nothing can ever separate me from God's love.
Given this, I should never think that I'm not good enough for God to save. If God has given his Son for me, he isn't going to hold back his gift of salvation. He won't turn around and condemn me. He will not withhold anything I need to live for him. Paul even says that Jesus is pleading for me in heaven. God has acquitted me and removed my sin and guilt, so it is Satan, not God, who accuse me. When he does, Jesus, my advocate, sites at God's right hand to present my case. No matter what happens to me, no matter where I am, I can never be separated from his love. Any suffering or problems I experience should never drive me away from Him, but help to identify with him and allow his love to reach and heal me.
I’m reminded this morning of the classic TV game show “Let’s Make a Deal” that features a simple concept: You pick what’s behind door number 1, 2, or 3, and then make a deal with the host.
In the eternal “Let’s Make a Deal,” there are also three doors. Behind door number 1: I have sinned, and that means God, who is perfect, can not let me into his perfect heaven. I end up rejecting his offer to cleanse me of my sins, so I end up in hell. Door number 2: I have sinned, and I try to make up for it by doing some good things. But I can never be good enough to match God’s holiness, and I’ll still spend eternity separated from him. Door number 3: I submit to God’s plan and let Jesus cleanse me of my sins. Jesus Christ says, “Here’s the deal: I’ll take all of your guilt and sin, and I’m going to give you all of my goodness. You get to spend eternity in heaven with me.”
What a deal!
In fact, it’s the best news in the world. Heaven is a perfect place. I’m not getting there with all my badness. I’ll only get there with all of God’s goodness, but it’s already been paid for and it’s free, it’s a gift God offers me. Why? Because God is a good God. It’s the best deal I’m ever going to get!
Romans 4:25 says that Jesus “died for our sins and rose again to make us right with God, filling us with God’s goodness” (TLB).
So what does that have to do with prayer? It has everything to do with prayer. If I don’t understand this, I’ll never understand prayer. What God did for me at the cross makes prayer possible.
The Bible says, “Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” (Romans 8:32 NLT).
When Jesus Christ died for me on the cross, he solved my biggest problem. So any other problem I have in my life is small potatoes! If Jesus Christ, because of his goodness, died for me, I should know he loves me enough to help me with my bills, my health and my relationships? There is nothing I can’t bring to God in prayer. If Jesus loved you enough to die for you, he loves you enough to answer your prayer
God freely gave His Son for us, if He did this, won't he freely give us everything else.
What this means to me:
Since God didn't spare anything, he even gave his own Son, he will surely give me everything else I need.
In summary, If God is for me, who can ever be against me. God freely gave his Son as a sacrifice that paid the penalty for me. Jesus died for me and my sins. He rose again to make me right with God. What he did makes prayer possible. He gave me the greatest gift for the biggest problem I will ever have. Given this, there is nothing I can bring to God in prayer. He loves me enough to help me with any thing I face.
Today Father I give you praise for who you are and for what you have done for me. I offer up my life to you and give up my own agenda so that I can do what you made me to do. Help me to see this in my life and every day interactions. Please give me wisdom and guidance in what I do, and what I manage. Give me wisdom to lead my team and help me to respond to others in a loving and caring manner. Overall I want to make a difference in the lives of others. These things I pray in your Son Jesus name, amen!
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