Sunday, July 15, 2007

Scripture Prompt for Uncommon Corporate Prayer

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Cultivating a Sense of Corporateness in Prayer

It came as a shock to me to discover that prior to my conversion I was an object of God's wrath. I thought He was at best just disinterested, but to discover that I was condemned under the terrible judgment of God certainly caught my attention! I was born with a sin nature that made sinning as inevitable as a pig wallowing in the mud. The unalterable law of God's moral universe is "the wages of sin is death" and "the soul that sins shall die". What a hopeless situation!

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved-and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2:4-7]

Scripture: Matthew 6:9
Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

How thankful we should be for the "But Gods" of the Bible! Into an impossible situation where there was absolutely no hope God offered a most improbable solution, the death of His only begotten Son as a sinless sacrifice for our sin. This one act, when the full import of it dawns upon our soul in eternity, will be sufficient to keep us praising the Father more and more for ever and ever! It would be enough that God would deliver us from Hell, but God's immense heart of love could not be satisfied until we were brought near to Him in the most intimate of family relationships, that of sons and daughters, co-heirs of the universe with His eternal Son Jesus Christ!

What an immense encouragement this must be to those who pray! We have been perfectly reconciled to our Father by the blood of Christ! When we approach Him in prayer, God receives us not reluctantly as servants or slaves but readily and joyfully as dear children! His arms of love are wide open day or night. We are "accepted in the beloved". The moment of conversion, the Father places within our hearts the "Spirit of adoption crying, "Abba! Father!"

But there is more! As we approach the Throne of Grace, we become aware that there is a countless host of brothers and sisters in Christ, who are there with us, the family of God, a numberless multitude both past and present. The lone voice of worship converges with the "great cloud of witnesses" to become a mighty chorus ringing God's praise throughout the endless ages of eternity.

Father, we thank You that we are no longer hopelessly condemned but have been perfectly and eternally reconciled by the atonement of Your precious Son on the Cross! Thank You for the "Abba cry" of adoption deep within our hearts continually bearing witness that we are children of God. Thank You, Father, that we are never alone. You have "set the solitary in families". We are now children of the Most High fully "accepted in the Beloved". Thank You, Father that You are Our Father! Forever!

If these devotionals have been an encouragement to, please feel free to forward them. Our hope is that the Lord will use these to expand our network of prayer and to help us discover other like-minded souls.

May God unite us in Prayer And Unity!
Bowie and Barbara Curry
PrayerNet of Fredericksburg



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