Thesis #18: “The New Apostolic Epoch” By: P. Douglas Small
Prayer Thesis number 18 by Doug Small says this:
“Love affirms, but God’s holiness challenges us.”
Contemporary Christians narrowly see the dominant feature of God’s nature as love – and not as holiness. Prayer centers us in God’s love, but then His Presence exposes us to His holiness – and moves us, by grace and consecration, into deeper levels of His likeness.
20) “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
21) keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” (Jude 20-21 NKJV)
Prayer: O God…You are a holy God! We acknowledge your unequaled “holiness” in this prayer today. I pray that reverence for You will grow in our hearts as we live between the tension of Your holiness and Your love. May a healthy sense of fear take shape in us as you wow us with grace and with the experience of Your Presence! You chose to redeem us from the curse of sin through the blood of Your slain Son. The value you placed on our redemption is beyond our knowledge to perceive. Not many fathers would give the life of their son to save anyone. But You did! The measure of this kind of love is incomprehensible to us! All we can do is “thank You”, which seems so small, so insignificant, by comparison. But, we pledge to do it – as insignificant as it may seem to us – for the rest of our lives. “Thank You, again”, for redeeming us. We hope our lives are a “melody” of living witness to Your saving love, healing grace and your awesome Presence through the power of the Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth! Amen!