Daily Hope & a Prayer – March 27

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)

Dear Father,

Thank you for your grace, which is unearned favor. I am utterly amazed at how much You love me, and the manner in which You have prepared a way for me to be able to come into Your presence. It’s hard for me to admit that there wass nothing that I can do to earn my way into Heaven. I sometimes forget that the work of salvation has been fully accomplished through the sacrifice of Your Son. Other times I take for granted the awesome gift of eternal life that You have offered me. Help me to continually call to mind the great gift that was given to me, when I was completely undeserving, and grow within my heart unyielding gratitude, determined faithfulness, and unwavering love.

Forgive me for self-righteousness that leads me to compare my sin to that of others, and results in a judging or critical attitude. Help me to keep ever before me the great price that was paid for my life.  Give me a thankful heart that both urges me toward obedience to You, and compels me to show mercy, forgiveness and love to others. Help me to remember that my works could never earn salvation, but because I am Yours, my works should demonstrate my faith. Give me the wisdom to be more concerned with evaluating my own heart and sinful choices, than the hearts and choices of others.

In Jesus name I pray this,

Amen

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