Some people believe their sin is so bad they have crossed a line and that they are beyond the reach of God’s grace and forgiveness. If you believe your sins are so big they have exhausted the supply of God’s grace, you are doomed to a life of self-condemnation. You will miss the grace of God. Here is the good news. God’s grace never runs out. It is a limitless supply. There’s no place you can be that God cannot reach you and pour out his grace and mercy on you. Are you willing to receive his grace and mercy and set your heart at rest? (Chapter 9 ,page 65)
When we understand that God has our best interests in mind regardless of our circumstances we can trust him. So when you face trials and tribulation, remember that God loves you and he can take everything you’re going through and work it together for good and your prayers can reflect the heart of Jesus when he said, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” And when you come out the other end, you can say along with Paul, that God’s grace is sufficient and nothing can separate me from the love of God.
* A caller asks if it is the cross alone that saves and how to keep from sinning. * Susan asks, “who is my brother” in Biblical context.
* Nancy is looking for Scriptures to encourage her sister-in-law who lost her son to suicide.
We often talk about and put together prayer teams so God will better hear us. But what would happen if Jesus was on our prayer team? When we look at John 17 we see his prayer for us. “”My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one– I in them and you in me–so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” * Stephan asks about how to share the Gospel.
* Sarah wants to know if it’s Biblical to pray for the dead.
Steve Frissell joins Bob Davis and Richard Peifer to discuss prayer today. He delivered a message last year about Christian Cliches and regurgitated prayers at Bent Tree where he servers as family pastor. “For so long praying was something I had to do to get close to God. I thought God was mad at me. I no longer have to pray from a place of feeling guilty. It really is now from a place of knowing I’m forgiven, I’m loved, and I’m in relationship with God. Even the things that I pray have changed.” Knowing that Jesus has already won allows us to be truly thankful in our prayer life.
Today we’re looking at John 17 where Jesus prays in the garden and through that prayer we see his heart toward us. “”Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” This is perhaps the only definition of eternal life in the Scripture and we learn that it’s about the quality of life. As we get to know him we get to experience his life. This is truly about intimacy and relationship. * Larry wonders about the assurance of salvation – “once saved, always saved”.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12). What does it mean to be faithful or devoted to prayer? Because Christ is our life, because he lives in us, our prayer is a reflection of our relationship. This is actually a part of living out of the Gospel. Prayer is not based on works – it is solely about relationship. Our relationship with God and our relationship with others grows as a result of prayer. It focuses our attention on the initiator of faith – God. We simply respond to Him. * Victoria comments about how important it is to abide in Christ.
* God allowed a personally horrible, tragic thing to happen and He expects me to follow Him?
* Clay shares his take on prayer. We need to have faith in believing what we have received. * Brad comments about Hebrews 4:9, 10 – entering into the Sabbath rest.
1 Timothy 2:1, 2 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people– for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” Ultimately God is still in charge. We need to have this sense of calm that God really is sovereign and we have an opportunity to participate in that. God’s will is that all will be saved and come to a knowledge of truth.
* James 5 says we should pray for one another. What’s the value of praying for each other when we can pray for ourselves? And should we pray more then once?
* Myles asks about “Doctrine of Discovery” concerning the conquering of the American continent. * Stephanie asks how she can overcome gambling.