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Friday, April 15, 2016

Pray for Families (Amazing Grace for All)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

What do you think of when you hear the words “amazing grace”?  Perhaps it takes you to a time in your life where you were richly blessed and you knew it was due to His grace. Perhaps the words make you hear the song in your head, “Amazing grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.”

My favorite visual of the Lord’s amazing grace is in scripture when Jesus strikes down and blinds the hateful, murderous, anti-Christian Saul. 

On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” Acts 9:4

For three days Saul fasted and prayed. The Lord in his mercy, through one of his disciples, conferred the gift of the Holy Spirit upon him and “resurrected” him to new life, a life where he suddenly proclaimed the name of Jesus.

Saul conversion gives us all hope. No matter what bad choices we’ve made or horrible things we have done, and regardless of the ways we have persecuted the Lord in our behaviors, the Lord will seek us out too. Perhaps he calls each of us in more subtle ways. Dearest child why are you running from me? Perhaps He tries to keep us from stumbling or taking dangerous paths, yet in our stubbornness we forge ahead and get stuck in the thicket of life. At such times, we also will receive amazing grace, and in our surrender, He will bring us to a new life as well.

Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep. Luke 15:6

Pray for your family that no matter what path they are on, no matter what detours they have taken, no matter how many disappointments have pushed them down, that the Lord will send them one of His disciples too, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, they will be lifted and guided safely back to Him.

Peace, Joy, and Love,
Janet

Ask the Holy Spirit who in your life needs His grace and pass this on to each of them!