Paul used those three words in the greetings and words similar to them in the closings of his letters. “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” resounds in the opening verses of each of his epistles, except Romans, until he comes to his letters to Timothy, where he adds “mercy” to his repertoire. In a couple of letters, the “our” and “the” are interchanged. In Philemon, he drops the word mercy.
“Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,” and its variations close each of his letters.
When you sense depression and despair setting in, remember that you are alone no longer.
If you have committed yourself to Jesus, He is with you; and, you are with Him. The Bible promises that He who is in you is stronger and so much greater than he who is prowling around in the world seeking who he can destroy. (See 1 John 4:4.) You don’t have to submit and give into any such spirit, and you never know when that one is about to sneak up on you to challenge your faith and test you. This is a kind of challenge that Jesus called sifting when he warned Peter of his upcoming confrontations before His arrest. It happens all the time to all of us — today and yesterday.
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Prayer will change your life.
Necessity of Prayer and the 10 short-read books extracted from it — the Necessities of Prayer Series — will help you understand how prayer accomplishes that feat and will help you to get started on the path to the security and benefits that come with effective, effectual praying.
Necessity of Prayer was written by Edward M. Bounds and first published in the early 1900s. This work, as are other volumes on prayer by the Rev. Bounds, is in the Public Domain.
Now, I am but a sinner,
Asking only for mercy
And receiving it, forgiveness, and love.
Once, I was a mocker and a scoffer,
And a sinner, bound by guilt and shame.
Nothing that I did flourished.
Nothing that I did mattered.
In the end, it was all for me,
And it was all for naught.
It all withered. It went away.
It was all empty.
But, because of the Lord Jesus,
Because of His sacrifice, and
Because of his gift of faith to me,
I no longer scoff at God, Godly beings or Godly things,
I no longer mock God and Godly people.
Prayer is a blessed gift and privilege from our Creator. It allows the faithful to communicate one-on-one with God. In personal, individual, and in corporate prayer, we honor God and we impress our faith to Him. In doing that, God projects to the world.
E.M. Bounds has encouraging suggestions for you on achieving and practicing trust. These are solutions that you can apply in your prayer life today, solutions that will increase your trust in our Savior.