10 January, 2023
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood – to be received by faith. Romans 3:23–25a
Abba Father, Gracious God, you have, in your unbounded compassion for mankind, who are by nature, arrogant and wicked, chosen to render them free, and to acquit them of guilt by bestowing upon them the gift of grace. This you accomplished by sending a Messiah, your very own Son, Jesus Christ, to live amongst us, reveal the mighty Presence of his Father to us, teach mankind the Will of God, and by faith lead us to love and serve you, to enter into an eternal relationship with you for the salvation of our souls.
We are forever indebted to Jesus, for willingly, in obedience to your Will, the Will of his Heavenly Father, shedding his blood and becoming a victim of atonement for our offenses. We pray for an increase in faith, for it is by faith that we are saved. We invoke your help in strengthening us with forbearance to zealously imitate the life of Christ, in the assurance of the rich rewards of our faith and perseverance, and the terrible condemnation if we fall prey to the rulers of wicked domains.
Through faith, believing, relying on the truth that this amazing sacrifice is alone sufficient for our justification, in the atoning sacrifice made for us, the more we live, the more our lives are full of gratitude. We desire to attain holiness and perfection, to give you God, all glory and honor for the mercy and grace displayed in saving us, through Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen