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Devotional - week of February 21, 2010


BIBLE READING, PRAYER AND GRACE

 

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.  Romans 6:14

 

When a believer responds positively to the guidance of Romans 6:11-13, his sin nature of believing that he is wise shall not have power over him. He is not under law but under grace.

 

Romans 6:11 says that a Christian is to believe that he is dead to sin and alive to God. That is, we are to believe that we do not have to live out of our own wisdom—our own point of view. We can live out of God's wisdom.

 

Romans 6:12-13a states that we are to choose not to live out of our own point of view.

 

Romans 6:13b-13c states that we are to believe that we are spiritually crucified, buried and resurrected and that we are to choose to make our lives available to God—including our bodies. That is, we are to live from God’s point of view.

 

When we follow the guidance of Romans 6:11-13, we are not under but under grace. When we live by the law, we live out of our own resources. When we live by grace, we are living out of God’s resources. However, what does this have to do with prayer and Bible reading?

 

When we spend time reading the Bible and praying, we give ourselves a greater opportunity to know God’s point of view for our lives.

 

The owner of a small factory was congratulated on having such a godly floor manager. The owner said, “I had made plans to hire a different man. The day I was to hire him, I was reading my Bible and the Lord told me not to hire him. Soon after that I hired our present man.” He was a great blessing to the company.

 

God speaks to us when we pray. In fact, waiting on God to give us guidance is one of the most important factors in one’s prayer life.