This month we are seeking a deeper understanding of grace — the undeserved favor given to us by God. We are following a study by Kristy at the Organic Christian Living blog. Click HERE to go to her website for this study and dig a little deeper, with a playlist and devotions for each week of the study. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Embracing Grace in Your Prayer Life —
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Instructions on Worship
2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.
Grace Not Rage | Marianne Toovey
1 Timothy 2:1-2
In this letter to Timothy, Paul is equipping him to go out and re-preach the truth to churches that are being threatened by false teachers. Apparently one of the lies these teachers had spread involved prayer life and whom to pray for. Timothy needs to remind them that God called us to pray for all people because salvation is for everyone. Praying in this way is an act of obedience and worship that leads to a peace only God can give.
I do pray for everyone. I don’t actively have enemies, per se, but people do frustrate/irritate/anger (the list goes on) me, like bad drivers and politicians. But my problem is that when I pray for the people who’ve upset me, it’s usually not a nice prayer. And that’s not exactly obedient now is it? And rarely does it actually make me feel any better about the situation. I need to embrace grace in my prayer life so that when I’m praying for everyone, including the guy who cut me off on the highway or the politician who can’t seem to think before he speaks, these prayers are in line with God’s will to save all people. Praying in this way will give me a peace in frustrating situations that will lead to that ‘grace in how I think & act’ that we worked on last week!
You are a God of love. You show no discrimination. Your arms are open wide for all – no matter who they are or what they’ve done. Thank You for showing me how I can do the same: by embracing grace in my prayer life, and why I should do it: for a peaceful and quiet life marked by godliness and dignity. You are an awesome God and I love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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