A Prayer for Marinating in God’s Incomparable Kindness

     But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  Eph. 2:4-7

     Dear heavenly Father, reading these words from Paul is life giving, heart encouraging, and hope fueling. Scriptures, like this, that remind me you are so much more patient, loving, and grace-full than I could have ever imagined. I believe, help my unbelief. I receive; increase my capacity to receive even more.

     But today, what really arrests my attention is the image of our being raised from the dead and seated in Christ so that throughout eternity you might demonstrate your kindness to us in Jesus. Forever and ever, in the perfection of our life in the new heaven and new earth, our experience of your kindness will increase. This promise overwhelms the circuit board of my understanding, throws fuel on the fire of my longings, and reveals the paucity of my faith.

     Father, the revelation of your kindness touches something deep inside of me in this season of life. Maybe it’s because of how little kindness I see in the world today. Maybe it’s because of how much I long to be a genuinely kind man. Maybe it’s because it contradicts wrong images I’ve had of you much of my life. By the power of the gospel, continue to rid my heart of all the false notions I’ve entertained about you.

     There is no other God who would raise up dead sinners for an eternity of lavishing on them more and more of his kindness. I’m left speechless, breathless, and ever so grateful. May your kindness for me, be celebrated as your kindness through me, all this one day long. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name.