Friday, November 13, 2015

Praying for 30 days- day 11

Today's verse from my book Today I Pray by Stonecroft ministries is 2 Corinthians 6:2 but also including chapter 5 verse 20-21 and going into the first verse of chapter six.
" Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says:
“In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."

Holy Spirit, I pray that ___________ will respond today to Your prompting and realize the need for Jesus Christ for personal salvation and eternal and abundant life.

The prayer and the scripture the book suggested really confused me. The prayer was praying for someone to accept Jesus for their personal salvation, but the scripture was talking about believers in the Corinth church who was not living like they needed Jesus. So I had to back to verse twenty of the previous chapter and see that Corinth was being challenged to pick a side. They needed to be reconciled with God. Being reconciled meant two things
1. not allowing the grace of God be vain in their lives
2. Seeing that today was the day of getting right with God.

The Corinth church had to pick a side. Paul was pleading them saying today is the day to say yes to God. Today is the day to say yes to His grace. Today was to reconciled to God or tell Him no thanks. I know that Paul was not wanting them to reject God. Hence the letter. He encouraged them to see that God too was not giving up on them either.

This is the same for those people in our lives that need to pick a side. Or maybe it's you. God is calling out for everyone to say yes and to live it out through His grace everyday.

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