From Handbook to Prayer
Apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, being witnessed by the law and the prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. For there is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:21–24)
What the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin; He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:3–4)
Pause to reflect upon these biblical affirmations.
For those who revere Your name, the Sun of righteousness will rise with healing in His wings. And they will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. (Malachi 4:2)
Jesus fulfilled the words of the prophet Isaiah:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are downtrodden,
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18–19)
Pause to offer your own expressions of thanksgiving.
I will enter Your gates with thanksgiving
And Your courts with praise;
I will give thanks to You and bless Your name.
For the Lord is good
And Your lovingkindness endures forever;
Your faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100:4–5)
May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
May the Lord rejoice in His works. (Psalm 104:31)