Preaching The Gospel To Myself As I Pray

I don’t know where people get the idea that those of us with physical disabilities are especially proficient in prayer. I definitely struggle in that spiritual discipline, quite frankly. Thankfully, E-Sword, the free Bible software that I use, includes a feature that helps me organize my prayer life.

So this past year I’ve been taking time during my daily prayers to thank the Lord for saving me. In so doing, I have developed the practice of thanking each Person of the Trinity for His specific role in bringing me to that salvation. Prayers along those lines has both heightened my awareness that my salvation comes completely from God and deepened my love for the Trinity.

Writing about aspects of my prayer life makes me nervous, fearing that I come across as boastful. Believe me, I’m all too aware that I have a very long way to go before I could consider my prayer life to be exemplary! In writing this article, I most assuredly don’t mean to hold myself up as a standard to follow.

Rather, I write this article in hopes that I might honor the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit while demonstrating how each of Them has worked to save me from the due penalty of my sins. Although time doesn’t allow me to give you all the Scriptures substantiating my points, perhaps this little blog post might encourage you to study the matter for yourself.

If you’re a Christian, each Member of the Trinity has worked the same way in you. Since, however, we can often forget how each Person worked on our behalf, I want to encourage you to meditate on salvation as a wonderous gift from the Trinity. Let me offer you a glimpse of what the Trinity does in bringing about salvation.

It still amazes me that the Father Himself initiated my salvation. Scripture teaches that He loved His elect before time began. The following familiar Scripture reminds me that He started my salvation process before I even knew I needed Him.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. ~~John 3:16 (NASB)

What a wonderful Father! He knew our devastating inability to atone for our sin, so He devised the plan for His Son to make atonement for us. I understand that we easily take it for granted that the Father would send Jesus as our Savior. But each time I thank the Father in prayer, my amazement grows and I see a little more clearly how much my salvation originated with my loving heavenly Father.

I’m particularly fascinated by His Father’s part in saving me because Christians seldom talk about Him. We focus on Jesus, understandably. But Jesus Himself said that He came to do His Father’s will (John 5:30). Clearly, God the Father directed His Son toward the cross, where Jesus would die as our Substitute by taking the Father’s wrath — wrath brought on by our sins.

The Father initiated our salvation, but His Son effected that salvation when He shed His blood on the cross. So my prayers include thanksgiving that Jesus bore my sin on the cross and that He gave me His righteousness in exchange!

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. ~~Titus 2:11-14 (NASB)

I’d need to write a separate piece explaining the doctrine of imputed righteousness, since my purpose here is to talk about each Person of the Trinity in terms of salvation. At the same time, it’s vital to recognize that Jesus provided so much more than merely escape from hell (as wonderful as that is). Through His death, Jesus gave us power to resist sin, and He credited us with His righteousness.

God the Son indeed deserves praise as our Savior. We deserve God’s wrath, but Jesus took every bit of that wrath for all who believe in Him. Truly, we can’t think about salvation apart from Jesus Christ (John 14:6). And God the Holy Spirit faithfully points us to worship Jesus as our Savior.

Through the Holy Spirit, we have life that allows us to believe in Jesus.

However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. ~~Romans 8:9-11 (NASB)

Despite the assumption among Charismatics that cessationsts don’t believe in the Holy Spirit, I know that the Spirit alone has caused me to be born again. As I thank the Lord for saving me, I enjoy praising Him for breathing His life into me through the Scriptures He inspired (2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Peter 1:23). Without His ministry of regeneration, I would still be dead in sin.

In His faithfulness, the Triune God has saved me from an eternity in hell so that I will spend eternity adorning and serving Him. If you’ve trusted Jesus alone for your salvation, the Triune God has done the same for you! Dear sisters in Christ, join me in rejoicing that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit have each worked to accomplish our salvation. Preach this glorious Gospel to everyone — especially to yourselves.

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