GREATER: 21 Days of Prayer - DAY 6 (Made Alive)
Ephesians 2:1-10 - Made Alive in Christ
"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
As you think of those you are praying for to come to know Jesus, remember, your story was once their story.
Once, you were lost. Once, you were spiritually dead. Once, you were following the ways of this world. Once, you were gratifying the cravings of our flesh. Once, you were standing in the path of the wrath of God.
But…God. Enter God’s love. Enter God’s mercy. Enter God’s grace. You were made alive. You were saved!
What a gift?! What a miracle?!
Again, we see the Scriptures pushing us to a greater dependency on God’s initiative… His power, His action, His grace and mercy and love…through the gift of faith… to make people spiritually ALIVE.
If He did it for you…He can do it for them.
Make It Your Prayer
[Thanksgiving & Praise] - Father thank you for saving me! When I was dead in my sin… You in your great love made me alive! Thank you, God… Thank you, Father… you are worthy of praise. So great is your love, so great are the riches of your mercy!
[Confession/Petition/Intercession] - Lord, let me never forget… forgive me for my lack of faith and my doubt at your saving grace and power… Bring [name the people on your heart/list] to life… make them alive in You… pull them out of the path of wrath, change their heart, their desires… grant them faith to see and believe that you alone are God… you alone are good… you alone save & satisfy…
[Worship & Surrender] - God, you are worthy of praise… no one can boast…for it is only Your great love, Your great salvation and you alone deserve all honor and praise… there is no one like you… use me to bring glory to Your name, use me to point others to you… lead me today to walk in Your ways and trust in you… in Jesus’ Name, Amen!