God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6-7

     Most gracious Father, I dare not take on today’s agenda without immersing my heart in the extraordinary good news and supply of the gospel. For I already feel a busy cluttered-spirit rearing its ugly head inside of me… wrangling over everything I need to get done and everyone I need to see. The control-meister in me is plotting orphan-like strategies just to make it through the day.  In short, I really need the gospel today. I am so glad to know that your mercies are more than a match for my heart today, and every day.

     So here’s what I choose to remember into this very moment. Father, you not only raised Jesus from the dead on Easter Sunday, you raised up all your children in Him, including me. I’m seated with him in the heavenly realms, no longer cemented to the earthly way of seeing people and doing things. You’ve called me to live today as a man of resurrection, not resentment. All day long, in the coming ages and throughout eternity, you are committed to showing me the incomparable riches of your grace and kindness towards me in Jesus. I really do believe this, and I really do ask you to help me believe it more…

     Father, I do praise you for your limitless, incomparable kindness lavished on me in Jesus. In fact, it’s the riches of your kindness, tolerance and patience that are leading me to repent in this very moment. Right now… as your Spirit convicts my heart… right now, with palms up, I both worship you and release my tight-fisted grip on this day. You will give me all the grace I need to do anything you ask of me today. You will give me all of the kindness I need to be kind to the people you are bringing to me. You will give me all the mercy I need to be present in the moment and not anxious about the next thing in today’s schedule.

     At the end of today, you will be the God who, yet again, worked in all things for my good and your glory. So very Amen, I pray with hope, in Jesus’ centering and freeing name.