Don’t hesitate to jump into the 40 Days with us…it’s never too late to turn your attention more consistently to God! Here’s one of the simple suggestions we’ve offered:
thankfulness • list as many things that you should/could be thankful. • write thank you notes to those who deserve it or might need some encouragement.
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1: 15– 19
It’s always reassuring to me to read something like this, and find that God is pressing the same truth into his church through different means and angles…this Keller quote is precisely what we talked about in yesterdays sermon!
To have the “eyes of the heart enlightened” with a particular truth means to have it penetrate and grip us so deeply that it changes the whole person.1
How does a Biblical prioroty for prayer compare to our natural tendencies in prayer? What does a difference here suggest about you?
1 Keller, Timothy (2014-11-04). Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God (p. 20). Penguin Group US. Kindle Edition.
Good & Beautiful/Smith, Chapter 2, The Gospel Many People Have Never Heard, 12 pages, 2 pages/day
From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Matthew 4:17)
Write down in simplest terms what you understand the Gospel to be. How does your definition differ from what Smith is suggesting in Chapter 2? And how will/does that change things?