Prayers and promises

All of God’s promises have their yes in him. That is why we say Amen through him to the glory of God. ~2 Cor 1:20

“When Luther wrote, ‘Faith is the yes of the heart, a confidence on which one stakes one’s life,’ he was saying faith is a response of the whole self to God. It is not just our words: the creeds we confess, the prayers we pray, the way we argue our faith, or what we say in teaching our children. It is not just our works and deeds: our faithful attendance at church, our participation on committees, or our acts of love toward others.

This yes is an inner assent of the will. It is a willingness to receive the grace and the guidance of God. It can be so deep and far-reaching as to cause a real conversion of life, a real repentance, a turning around to go in a completely new direction. It always involves, says Luther, the daily death of the person we have been in order to fulfill our reason for being alive: to accomplish God’s will in our time and place.” ~From Fatih, the Yes of the Heart by Grace Adolphsen Brame

Lord Jesus Christ, You have promised never to forsake or leave me. Accept my life and ministry as a living sacrifice to You and grant me strength to keep my promises to You. In the name of Christ. Amen.

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