Cornerstone exists because of Jesus. We are a people who have been transformed by the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God has forgiven us and adopted us into his family. Now, we have a whole new life.
Through the gospel, God redeems us, forgives us, and adopts us into his family. The good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection makes each one of us a new creation and gives us a new identity: children of God. This is why we can never think of the church as an organization or a building. The church is actually a family—God’s family, filled with redeemed sinners that are now his children.
Through the gospel, God forgives us, adopts us into his family, and makes us his disciples. This means that the church is not just any family. We are a family formed by God—and sent out with a purpose.
The church is a family that ministers to one another, cares for one another, and builds one another up. Each member of the family is a child of God who is uniquely gifted to bless the family and to be a light in our city.
Just like a vine grows best with a good trellis, our church family grows best with good programs. Our programs and ministries are tailored to support the community and mission God has given us.
“Sinner that I am, I deserve your wrath, yet you turned it away so that you could reach out to me when I needed it most. For this, I will never be able to thank you enough.”
Read Part 6: A Prayer to Combat Anxiety
As we conclude our 7 part series on praying through God’s word, I could think of no better way than to end with a prayer of thankfulness and joy. I encourage you to use these examples of personal prayers based on Scripture as templates to enrich your own prayer life as you seek to commune with God more deeply.
Whether I’m in a time of smooth sailing or rough seas, I find Isaiah 12 can help tether me firmly to the truth, causing me to rejoice, crying out with thanksgiving. As before, the words from the passage are in italics, and my own words are added in regular type.
You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.”
Just as the Israelites will give thanks to you when you return to redeem them, so too shall I give thanks to you for loving and comforting me when you should have let your anger burn toward me. Sinner that I am, I deserve your wrath, yet you turned it away so that you could reach out to me when I needed it most. For this, I will never be able to thank you enough.
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
Truly you are my deliverance from my sin and all of its consequences! Because of this, I know I have nothing to fear from you. This truth alone confounds me: I need not be afraid of the ruler of the universe, the perfect king. Instead, I will sing with joy of your trustworthiness and strength and of how you have rescued me.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.”
Thank you, O Lord, for being water when my life is in times of drought. For nourishing me when my soul was starving. For being my never-ending supply of life. You are the reason I get up in the morning and the reason I have any speck of goodness in me. Even as I plan to spend every day of my life making known your deeds and lifting you up, I know it will take eternity to even come close to the praise you deserve!
“Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
The world should know of your glorious love! Embarrassed and ashamed though I can sometimes be, I want to sing and shout of your greatness from the rooftops! And one day, when you return, your children will all lift up their voices together to give you the thanks you so truly deserve. In the meantime, I will lift you up with my broken soul, my weak voice, and my faded joy until I remember that I am whole and strong and bright; for you, O God, have done gloriously! Thank you. Praise you.
Revisit posts in this series:
Part 1: A Prayer for Times of Deep Pain
Part 2: A Prayer for Everyday Life
Part 3: A Prayer for the Depressed and Weary Soul
Part 4: A Prayer for Building Up a Friend
Part 5: A Prayer Reflecting on the Gospel
Part 6: A Prayer to Combat Anxiety
Fawn currently works as the Client Services Director at a local pregnancy center and serves Cornerstone in the Biblical Counseling ministry.
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