Thanksgiving and Prayer


To the saints,
 
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the
heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before
the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us
to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will
6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
 
A couple of weeks ago as i was writing in my personal journal the word "Give" stood out.
Not just the word "Give, but Given and Poured out" 
 For a long time in my prayers i would say, "Lord, help me do this or that."
For example, "Lord help me to be holy and blameless as you are holy." or this one, it really
drained the life out me! "Lord, help me to love my brother or sister." (all brothers and sisters). It didn’t
take long after that that someone would expose the counterfeit love i had in my heart and suddenly
i felt drained and defeated.
 
But praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who Freely Gives us grace, love, peace, joy
strength, hope, perserverence, mercy. This is not earned and no one here on earth deserves these glorious
riches that are in Christ. We should be thankful towards God for not giving us what we deserve, and be
truley grateful to him for giving us His Son, who is blameless and holy; residing in such undeserved hearts.
Paul couldn’t have put it in better words for me, the worst of sinners:
 
1Tim.1:12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing
me to his service. 13Even though i was once a blasphemer and a persecuter and a violent man, i was shown
mercy because i acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly,
along with faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
 
I know now that if i ask, i will recieve, if i ask according to his will; and now i know that it is his will
to give me all the riches that are in His Son in abundance, poured out on me and those whom i pray.
Now i say, "Lord, Give to us all the Spiritual Blessings that are in your Son Jesus Christ, amen. 
 
Ephesians 1, 1Timothy,Gal.1, Col.2 Romans 15
 
May the God who gives endurance and encourgement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as
you follow Christ Jesus, so that with One heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ. May God give to you the spirit of gratitude and supplication as you put your hope in
his only begotten Son, the One he loves and is fully pleased with. May God give to you the peace of
Christ, that it rule in your hearts and great is the peace of our children, even as we continue to hope in
the One he has sent. May the Glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ give you the Spirit of wisdom and
revelation so that you may know him better. I pray also for enlightment to which God has called you, the
riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.
May He Alone be Glorified in Christ Jesus, amen.
 
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