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GOSPEL Prayer

The theme for this school year is Prayer • Perseverance • Purpose!

My hope is that over the next few weeks we can take some time to explore these three topics. Today I figured I would share with you all one of my favorite prayers. It’s the “GOSPEL Prayer” by JD Greear.

I know, I know everyone knows the Gospel.

That’s how we became a Christian, right?! Most people see the Gospel as the diving board, but today I’m here to tell you it’s the WHOLE pool!!!


Romans 1:16 tells us “For I’m not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.”


This prayer is so short and powerful. I have memorized it (for the most part) and the Lord has used it to transform my life in SO many ways!!! I pray it blesses you as well!


In Christ, there is nothing I have done that could make you love me less, and nothing I could do that would make you love me more.

You are all I need for everlasting joy.

As you have been to me, so I will be to others.

As I pray, I’ll do so according to the compassion you’ve shown at the cross and the power you demonstrated through the resurrection.

PART #1

In Christ, there is nothing I have done that could make you love me less, and nothing I could do that would make you love me more.


The 1st part of this prayer proclaims God’s:

· Gift righteousness to us

· Approval of us

· Acceptance of us (who we are in him)

Notice the first part of the prayer….It starts with In Christ (Abiding in Christ). First we have to be in Him. We have to have a relationship with him in order for this prayer to actually pertain to us.


Corinthians 5:21 “God made him who had no sin to be sin[a] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”


JESUS IN MY PLACE


This means that in Christ, God could not love me or you any more than He does right now. He now sees us according to how Christ has lived, not on the basis of what we’ve done.

Let that sink in for a moment……Right now, if we are in Christ, when God looks at us- regardless of our situation- He sees the righteousness of Christ. We are clothed in His righteousness. This also means that we can’t do anything to earn His righteousness. It’s a gift. There is nothing we can do to make Him love us any more than He already does.

This takes care of PRIDE and DESPAIR that religion tends to teach…this isn’t religion…this is a RELATIONSHIP!

Also, Christ’s salvation is 100% complete…there is nothing to add to it.

We often think we can earn God’s approval, acceptance or blessings by doing stuff.

· If we tithe, God will bless us more

· If we serve, God will accept us more

· If we go to church every Sunday God will love us more.


This is why we have to preach the Gospel to ourselves daily……This is part of renewing our mind.

Our obedience is motivated by His love for us.

What He done for us.

It’s not the other way around……We don’t’ obey to earn His love for us.

God isn’t just after our dutiful obedience, He is after a whole new kind of obedience…..an obedience that is motivated by His LOVE.

Again, this is why is important that we preach the gospel to ourselves daily….We need to constantly remind ourselves of what He has done for us.

Another thing that this prayer does is remind us of who we are in HIM!

In Christ:

I am chosen

I am changed

I am a new creation

I am forgiven

I am blessed

I am victorious

I am set free

I am healed

I am free from condemnation

I am more than a conqueror

I am dead to sin

I am alive with Christ

I am accepted in Him

I am complete in Him

I am who I am because Jesus you are who you are and you are ENOUGH!

Which leads us to part #2 of the prayer


“You are ALL I need TODAY for everlasting joy”


JESUS IS ENOUGH


This part of the prayer deals with the idols in our life……and where our joy comes from.

So let’s explore some questions to help us think….

1.) What in our life do we feel like we must have in order for life to be worth living?

2.) What gives us the most Joy in life?

3) What carries the most weight in our life?

4) When we worry, what usually is it about?

5) What keeps us awake at night?

6) When have we been the happiest in life?

7) What has made us the most depressed in life?

8.) What have we been willing to sacrifice for?

9) Where do we turn for comfort?


So an Idol is:

  • Anything that we worship…… The word worship in Hebrew is Kabod. It means to put weight in.

  • To put it another way-an idol is anything that we will sin to get or we will sin if we don’t get.

  • An idol is also anything that promises to us a life of security and joy apart from God.

Now I’d imagine that none of us have a shrine or a statue in our bedroom that we bow down to……or at least I hope not.

Idols in our lives don’t have to be bad things…..they can actually be good things that we make into God things.

Spouse, Children, Church activities, Statuses

So is Jesus enough for us?

Is He all we need for everlasting Joy?

If not, He wants to trade places with us. He wants to knock down our idols, He wants to take our sorrow, and in return He wants to give us Joy….Joy that last forever.

Part #3

“As you have been to me, so I will be to others.”


If we can look at every disagreement, spat, or misunderstanding like this

1st Sinner….2nd Sinned against, we will have much victory in our life.

If we can see ourselves as sinner 1st, not only does that humble us by showing us all the ways we’ve fallen short, but it also should motivate us to be gracious to the other person because we now see the grace we’ve received from Jesus.

Part#4

“As I pray, I’ll measure Your compassion by the cross, and your POWER by the resurrection.”


Let’s think about that for a second…….let’s measure God’s compassion (or love for us) by what He did for us at Calvary. There isn’t a scale or tape measure big enough or long enough to measure that!


Ephesians 3:17-20 “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”


Jesus Loves You! That fact has almost become cliche’……most people don’t take that serious now days. It’s almost like saying “Bless you” when someone sneezes. Or John 3:16…. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only son…”, that verse has been used so many times that most people don’t actually hear what is it saying.


Or maybe we just don’t understand it. He loved us when we were dead in our transgressions.

· He was despised and rejected by mankind

· He took up our pain and bore our suffering

· He was punished, stricken and afflicted

· He was pierced for our transgressions

· He was crushed for our iniquities

· the punishment that brought us peace was on Him

· and by His wounds we are healed

That is how much He loves you and me! He traded places with us….We deserved those things. If that don’t set you on fire…..then your wood is wet.

And then the second part of that part of the prayer is “your POWER by the resurrection”….He was put through all of that, that I just mentioned and DIED for us, but He didn’t stay dead….He AROSE! He defeated death, sin, and the power over sin when He rose from the dead!

He’s ALIVE!

He’s Here!

He’s in YOU! (If you know Him and have a relationship with him.)

HE will never leave us.

He is a good, good father!

He is working out ALL things for our good and His glory for those who love Him!


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