The Means of Grace – Part 3
“… because [everything God created] is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” (1 Timothy 4:5 NIV)
Unfortunately, a lot of us live way below our privileges as Christians. We’re children of a King, but we often live like paupers. Instead of the rivers of living water flowing from within, as Jesus promised, we have a little spigot and we’re waiting for a drop to come on our tongue. Why?
Many of us have gone far away from the Word of God and spending time in his presence. We don’t read or study God’s Word; thus our faith fails. It gets weak instead of vibrant and strong. We end up lukewarm or cold, and filled with formalism. We go to church, but that early vibrancy we once had has waned.
When we study the Word of God, we find out that the great element that makes outstanding men and women of God is that they were people of prayer. This carries into church history, with great men and women of God from different backgrounds, nations, and ethnicities who have influenced the greatest number of people. Nobody has ever been used by God who wasn’t a person who talked to God; and because they did, they drank in more than the next guy down the block, so that without even being aware of it, they became a great force for God and for his Kingdom.
Once you become a Christian, you need prayer and you need the Word. These are the two foundations of the Christian life; these are the means of grace. All things God has for us come through these channels—the Word and prayer—meshed together to bring about the fulfillment of all God has for his children and for those who in turn will be birthed into and influenced for the Kingdom of God through their labor and their faith.
Read 1 Timothy 4:1-13.