For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.—John 1:16

Not a bit of Christ is held back from those who trust him. He does not mete himself out according to measures of faith but according to the veracity of it. And for those with a weak faith, if it be true, he gives enough himself for all eternity. A weak faith may hinder us, but it does not hinder him.

And true faith is itself a gift of grace from him. His fullness must fill, so hardened hearts must be softened to receive his own.

The grace keeps coming, ever-present and ever-new. We wake up to new mercies delivered to our bedside, from which we begin our days with new ideas for sin and self-sovereignty. Still Christ does not stand over us as we wake up groggy and grumpy, shaking his head and frowning and muttering, "Ugh. This guy." He stands over us with a sparkle in his eye, returning our morning breath-filled yawn with a beaming welcome, "This guy!"

In Christ there is grace to sustain for every need, grace to empower every deed. There is the grace to forgive all of our sins and the grace to impute to us his perfect righteousness. There is the grace to absorb the wrath of God we were due and the grace to conquer the sin and death we could not escape. There is grace to live and grace to die. There is grace to crawl and grace to fly. There is grace below and grace up high (Psalm 139:8).

In Christ, there is grace to get through the stinkin' day. And whether we do so by the skin of our teeth or bounding and leaping with joy upon joy, our souls are united to him day by day and age to age. Because his fullness does not afford a meager grace, a probationary grace, a tentative grace. For from his fullness we have all received grace upon grace.

How does God's Word impact our prayers?

God invites His children to talk with Him, yet our prayers often become repetitive and stale. How do we have a real conversation with God? How do we come to know Him so that we may pray for His will as our own?

In the Bible, God speaks to us as His children and gives us words for prayer—to praise Him, confess our sins, and request His help in our lives.

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