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Thursday, March 7, 2013

I pray for Grace…


Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

Grace means getting what we don’t deserve. I pray for Grace, not as an excuse to get away with things, but in order to remember God’s goodness, and, as an act of obedient service, to give it away.

God is sending people
into my life to teach me
that none of us can exist
in a state of Grace alone.
TWEET SOME GRACE
Every single morning I pray for Grace. It may be the only thing I seek in prayer; I stopped shopping a long time ago. Each morning, as I confess my surrender, as I acknowledge my lack of control, as I declare my trust and my brokenness, I affirm that I am available, released from any notion I might have had about a plan for my day (and my life), and then open myself to receive my portion of whatever He has for me in the day to come.

I know what He sets aside for me will include Grace, so I’m not sure why I ask, except perhaps in asking I am reminded that He gives more than we deserve, and I pledge, in that moment of prayer to do the same.

We’ve talked a lot about encouragement lately, and lifting one another up. It is so natural for me to encourage fellow dreamers whether they are down, and certainly when they are up, but I struggle with reaching out, asking for help, and learning to lean on other people. I struggle even to acknowledge that I have a dream, that it is worthy, and that I deserve the opportunity to pursue it. I am thankful that God is sending people into my life to teach me that none of us can exist in a state of Grace alone. 

And so I pray for Grace. I pray for Grace that I might give as I’ve been given. I pray for Grace that I might be forced out of my shell and out of my comfort zone and into the arms of community.
Oh my God, You know my weakness and failings, and that without Your help I can accomplish nothing for the good of souls, my own and others’. Grant me, therefore, the help of Your grace. Grant it according to my particular needs this day. Enable me to see the task You will set before me in the daily routine of my life, and help me work hard at my appointed tasks. Teach me to bear patiently all the trials of suffering or failure that may come to me today. Amen.

And then I start my day. 
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