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By Charles Wagner, founder of Gramazin,
72Stories, Gramazin Prayers for the World


#223 - Make the Most of the Gifts You Have Given
Volume 1 - Prayers to Love God

Dear Father, I want You to say upon my death "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into my gates with joy." I understand I cannot earn forgiveness for my rebellion from You. I cannot possibly do enough good works to pay the price for my sin. It's not a matter of degree - how good or bad I was. It's like being pregnant - either You are pregnant or not. Father, there was at least one moment that I rebelled from You (more like one million) that made me forever a rebel from God. One million good works cannot erase the truth that I rebelled from You on at least one occasion. However, I am forgiven because Jesus Christ died on the cross for that very rebellion. He was God. He was perfect. He was worthy to represent me before You, to take upon Himself my guilt and Your wrath that my guilt deserves. Father, I will come into Your gates because of Jesus Christ and not my good works. However, I am thankful. I am grateful. I love how You loved me. I have grown to love You. I want to honor You. I want to please You. I want to put a smile on Your face. Therefore, use me to Your pleasure. Do as You want with my life. Use the gifts You have given me to honor Your name and the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Use my skills and talents. Touch lives through me. Transform families, groups, neighborhoods, and communities through me. Above all, make me like Your Son - loving, kind, generous, compassionate, gentle, patient, self-controlled, merciful, and gracious. Do whatever You need to do in my life so that You are pleased by my life. It's not about my salvation. It's about appreciation for the forgiveness of my rebellion that I have through Christ. Amen.

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