The Forerunner of Prayer-Sacrifice: E.M. Bounds

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March 12, 2015

Colossians 4:2

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 

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“The praying of Jesus Christ drew on the mightiest forces of his being. His prayers were his sacrifices, which he offered before he offered himself on the cross for the sins of mankind. Prayer-sacrifice is the forerunner and pledge of self-sacrifice. We must die in our closets before we can die on the cross.”

― E.M. Bounds, The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds

DO THE SIXTH DAY EXERCISE HERE.

In case you are new to the Sixth Day Exercise. In case you are just joining us, each week we share in an exercise called “The Sixth Day Exercise.” As Genesis 1 has it, God created human beings in his own image on the sixth day. Genesis 3 shows us the desecration of the image of God in our race which has only compounded itself across the centuries. It’s why the Image Bearer himself, Jesus Christ, came. His life, death, resurrection and ascension reversed the curse of sin and death and created a pathway whereby our broken race could be made gloriously whole again; restored to the Creator’s intent. Paul put it this way:

For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22. 

Given we were made on the Sixth Day, it makes sense that we might stop and assess how it’s going on the long journey of being “remade” on each successive sixth day.

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J.D. Walt serves as Seedbed’s Sower in Chief.  jd.walt@seedbed.com.

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