Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Colossians 1:2
God’s grace! I’ve written about it many times in the past. God’s grace gives us Salvation, empowerment and ablitlity just to name a few of its benefits, but did you ever consider where grace truly comes from? Well, God of course, but it is actually God’s very own grace. The same grace that is on God, our Heavenly Father, He extends to those of us that He calls His own people. Think about it . . . . the same grace that was on God to create Heaven, the universe, our world, people and all physical things, He shares with us. Grace is not something we can gain on our own, it is not something that originated with people and it is not something the enemy has to offer. Grace is all from God! When you see gifts and talents on a person’s life, they’re there because of God’s grace.
Now here is more good news about grace, according to today’s scripture, we can give grace to others. Certainly, it is within our ability to be gracious to others when they fall short or need a helping hand, but in the verse today, Paul actually prays God’s grace on the Colossian Christians. Let’s consider what that does. Praying God’s grace on others can bring them peace, goodness and empowerment. God’s grace brings ability, strength and energy. God’s grace gives whatever a person needs at the time we pray for them. Praying God’s grace on others is actually the greatest prayer you can pray for someone because through grace salvation is obtained and every other need is satisfied. 2 Corinthians 9:8 says it this way: When God gives all His grace to you, there is abundantly enough for you to have everything you need, when ever you need it and to the extent that it surpasses the need. (my paraphrase) God’s grace is the very thing that we need to complete every good work that He has laid out before us to accomplish. Simply put: God’s grace is His unending supply of His presence!
Today I want to encourage you to pray for God’s grace on your life. Confess to Him that you know you cannot complete the things He has for you to do without His grace, then let Him know how much you enjoy having that grace on your life for whatever the need or task is. Thank Him for sharing His very own grace and empowerment with you and then ask Him to lead you to the things that He planned for His grace to accomplish through you. Now pray for God to share His grace with other you know that may be in need right now. Whether its sickness, emotional pain, financial need or problems in a relationship God’s grace is the very thing that can take care of it. Wrap your life in God’s grace today and then share it with others through your prayers everywhere you go.
Today’s scripture reading: Colossians 1:1-3