What is grace? I have heard all kinds of definitions like, “unmerited favor”, “the power and ability to do God’s will”, etc. I know that God’s grace means different things to people at different times in their lives. The grace that comes at salvation is a wonder and an undeserved blessing. It makes us so grateful when we understand what God has truly done for us on the cross. As we move past the initial salvation experience and begin to face the trials of life, God’s grace is what holds us up. It gives us strength to carry on. When we struggle with sin, it is understanding and realizing the depths of God’s grace that helps us chose not to walk in sin any longer (Romans 6). I was reminded of an old hymn I love. Read the words of this hymn and let it just sink into your heart. Reflect on God’s grace in your life, and then out of that reflection pray for the grace of God to be evident in your children’s lives. Pray that they would grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord.
Grace Greater than Our Sin
1. Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt! Yonder on Calvary's mount outpoured, there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt. Refrain: Grace, grace, God's grace, grace that will pardon and cleanse within; grace, grace, God's grace, grace that is greater than all our sin! 2. Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold, threaten the soul with infinite loss; grace that is greater, yes, grace untold, points to the refuge, the mighty cross. (Refrain) 3. Dark is the stain that we cannot hide. What can avail to wash it away? Look! There is flowing a crimson tide, brighter than snow you may be today. (Refrain) 4. Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace, freely bestowed on all who believe! You that are longing to see his face, will you this moment his grace receive? (Refrain)
My Prayer Today
Heavenly Father, I lift up my children to you. I pray that the grace that I have experienced in my own life as a result of salvation in Christ Jesus would overflow from my life and extend to my kids. I pray that as they grow in their salvation, they would appreciate your boundless grace. Let it flow from their lives. I pray that they would receive your grace and forgiveness when they sin, and I pray that they would extend grace to others. I thank you for your grace and your faithfulness that is never-ending. In Jesus name, Amen!
My inspiration for this series loosely comes from a prayer card published by Navpress and is available for purchase at this link. This would be a great bookmark for your Bible. I am in no way affiliated with NavPress. I also want to mention my friend Marcy at Ben and Me whom I am joining with for this challenge. She has some great resources available on her site as she is praying for her child’s head, shoulders, knees and toes.