Ask God to orient or reorient you to Himself. Confess any known sin. Thank Him for His forgiveness. Be still and reflect on Jesus and His sacrifice for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to God’s Word. Pray for others in your life that they, too, would know and love God today.
Rom. 1:16-17, “16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’”
“Gospel” is the theme of Romans. It was a word that meant “good news.” It has come to mean: the life and work of Jesus to purchase our salvation. We often use “salvation” to describe only our conversion. “I was saved when I was twenty.” Salvation is broader than that. It includes our justification, being judged “not guilty” by God because Jesus bore our penalty. It also includes our sanctification, the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in our life to conform us to the image of Christ. Finally, it is the final deliverance from sin and evil that comes to the believer at death or at the return of Christ. If you are a Christian you have been saved, you are being saved, and you will be saved. The salvation of God in your life is ongoing.
What might be the best news you could possibly hear right now? Think about it as solidly as possible. What would it feel like to receive this good news today?
Now consider your own life apart from God with no hope in this life or the next. What if you had to pay for your sins? What if you lived with a constant awareness that on any given day you may die? And after death face judgment on your own, with no mediator between you and God?
What if we really are not okay on our own? What if we are hopelessly lost separated from God where life and all that is good can be found? Consider this bad news. Really consider it.
What does it feel like to have received the good news of Jesus Christ? What should it feel like to us on an ongoing basis? This is why we must preach the gospel…not just to others, but to ourselves as well.
*From what you have just read and considered: What is a personal implication/application for your life today?
(Personalize this prayer today; make it specific to the circumstances that face you.)
Ask God to lead you through His Spirit as you go through your day. Ask Him to bring to mind the truth of the gospel and its implications for what you will encounter today. Tell Him “Yes” to His will and ask Him for His power and protection to live this “yes.” Ask God to create and reveal opportunities to proclaim the good news today. KEEP PRAYING THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY.