May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.
Galatians 1:3-5 NLT
Prayer is a blessing. Paul was writing words of blessing over the Galatian church. He was praying for God to give them grace and peace. Paul wanted them to experience the grace of God and the peace of Jesus Christ. I need grace for my sins. Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God had planned. Grace is not an accident, and neither is our salvation. God’s plan was to rescue sinners from the evil in our broken world. Charles Spurgeon states, “How can the Savior, His death upon the cross, and the gospel of forgiveness be explained unless it is based on the belief that men are guilty and worthy of condemnation? The sinner is the gospel’s reason for existence.” We exist for the glory of God to be reflected in our lives. The blessing of prayer is that it puts all the glory on God and not on us.
Prayer blesses the heart of God. “God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:17). Take time this morning to bless the heart of God with your prayers of blessing. God hears the prayers of His people. I’m looking forward to God re-shaping my heart for prayer in this 21-Day Challenge.