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Praying for Those Who Stray [Part 4]

Praying for Those Who Stray Blog

Romans chapter 5 has a heading that seems lofty at first glance:  Peace with God Though Faith.  Can we really have peace with God by simply having faith?  Of course that is a loaded question.  None of that seems easy.  In typical human fashion we do sometimes make things too difficult and this might be one of those times.

The very first verse of Romans 5 tells us, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  In the New Living Translation it says, “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.”  We have peace with God because of justification.  To help us understand this a little more, the theological definition of “justification,” is, “the action of declaring or making righteous in the sight of God.”  Pray and thank God for that justification.  He made it right.  Him “making it right” is what allows us to have peace in God.

Continuing on in chapter 5 you read in verse 2b, “…we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”  Pray that God gives you joy in the hope of His glory and rejoice in it.  Paul continues (verses 3-5) that we need to rejoice in our sufferings, “knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope…”  Pray that you rejoice in your sufferings and that you recognize the endurance, character, and hope they are bringing you.  Praying during suffering is not an automatic response.  That is the exact reason you take it to God in prayer and not fight against it alone.

Romans 5:8 says, “but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Thank God for the “but God,” here in His Word and that He still shows His love while we are measly sinners that don’t deserve it.

This chapter is full of reasons to thank God.  This section about peace ends with verse 11 saying, “More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”  Praise Jesus we have reconciliation through salvation.  On that note, pray for those that need reconciling with Jesus, first and foremost, but also for those that need to be reconciled with a parent, child, sibling, or another family or friend.

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