Lord, I pray for those people in the poor countries of Africa who cannot find work and who are bedevilled by warring groups preventing any healthy development. Help the leaders of those countries to make wise decisions and to cultivate food and infrastructure that will bring trade and prosperity. I ask it in Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord, help me to avoid worrying. So many things bring anxiety into my mind. I think about the future and wonder if peace will hold. I think of the problems with climate change that seem to threaten our existence on planet earth. And family health issues make me concerned. Money does too. Lord, give me peace, in Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord, help me today to consider what is my duty to my work, my family and my community. Help me not to shirk any task I ought to do, not to lose my temper with anyone who irritates me, not to put off any big decision that I need to take, and not to avoid any responsibility that I ought to shoulder. I ask it in Christ’s name. AMEN
“You are outside God’s grace”.
Gal 5:4 GNB
Is it possible to fall away from the grace of God when you have once received it? Does God let you go if you are determined to renounce Jesus Christ. It appears that he does. In fact, another of the major problems the early church faced, though in a later time than the New Testament, was what was called “the lapsed”. If a believing Christian, faced with the imminent threat during a time of persecution, renounced Christ in order to save his or her own life, later repented of this action and sought re-admission to the church, should he be re-instated as a member and taken back into the fellowship? Opinions varied widely, and the argument raged on for a long time. Here Paul declared that those Christians who slid back into their former subservience to the Jewish law were outside God’s grace. That did not mean that they were for ever banished.
People put themselves outside of God’s grace when they deliberately and grossly sin and fail to repent. God is still there for them in his grace, but they put themselves right outside of his reach and refuse to humble themselves and seek his face. They also fall away when they continuously and negligently fail to seek God’s face, and refuse to make use of the “means of grace” (prayer, worship, Bible reading and fellowship). If at any stage such people acknowledge the error of their ways and seek restoration within the Christian community they will usually find open arms and taste the “wonders” of his grace.
If you have “fallen from grace”, waste no time in seeking God’s face and the forgiveness of Christ. Start again and make up for lost time.
Lord, gently call those who have fallen back to your grace.
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