Preparation for Prayer:
Lord, grant me the wisdom to understand your generosity through the scripture provided. Open up my soul to come to know where you are at work within me and our church so that our heart begins to mirror yours. Thank you for leading, convicting, inspiring and transforming me as I yearn to follow your ways in all I do. Amen.
Scripture Reading: (Romans 5:1-11)
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Paul wrote these words not as a theological rhetoric. Paul had experiences the Love of God. He knew the law. He knew what it meant to never measure up. He knew the demands of religion. He knew the difference and wanted to make sure everyone thereafter also knew this truth. We gave because God gave. We give as God gave. And we can give as generously as God gave. That requires maturity and obedience on our part.
Ø How does your current giving reflect your understanding of God’s grace in your life? How could our church be better in sharing God’s love in your neighborhood, community, nation and world? How much more would God favor us if we continue to step-out in faith by being even more generous in the future?
After reflecting, bring your petitions to the Lord for the ministries of the church – children, student, adult, mission, worship, outreach, congregational care, the leadership, etc. Please ask our God to shower His favor and generous blessings on us so that His Spirit transforms our church, our community our nation and the world.