How to preach the gospel to yourself every day

by Oct 11, 2011

JD Greear, author of the new book Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary, recommends this four-part daily prayer:

  1. “In Christ, there is nothing I could do that would make you love me more, and nothing I have done that makes you love me less.”
    Pray about this “gift righteousness” of the gospel (2 Cor. 5:21) and go to war against the incipient works-righteousness hardwired into our hearts.
  2. “Your presence and approval are all I need today for everlasting joy.”
    Pray about this value of God’s presence in our lives. It’s one thing to know that Jesus is your possession; it’s another for that approval to have such weightiness in our hearts that our captivity to other idols is snapped.
  3. “As you have been to me, so I will be to others.”
    Pray about and consider the extravagant generosity of God toward us. His generosity toward us leads us to radical generosity toward others.
  4. “As I pray, I’ll measure your compassion by the cross and your power by the resurrection.” 
    Pray that God would help you view the world through the lens of the gospel. Seeing the compassion and power of God revealed in the gospel produces bold, audacious faith in our hearts.