Grace is the unmerited favor of God towards us. We don’t deserve it and we can’t earn it yet it is powerful enough to change our lives. As we’ve studied grace over the summer we’ve seen why we need God’s grace, how amazing it is and how it affects various relationships.
But how do we experience God’s grace? How can we let grace impact our lives?
There are 3 ways that are accessible to us to put us in the direct path of receiving more grace. They are simple ways really, yet we consistently don’t use them as often as we should.
3 Ways to Experience God’s Grace
The Bible is God’s love letter to us. It is our road map to how to live the Christian life. A blueprint for our marriages. It holds all of the answers to our questions and all of the encouragement we need to keep fighting the good fight.
When you develop a habit of consistently reading the Word, then you fall more and more in love with the Author. You don’t need a degree in order to read the Bible, the more you do it the easier it becomes. Then as you grow, you’ll see that your thirst for more intensifies and you’ll find yourself studying out the Scriptures and meditating on verses throughout the day.
When you spend time lingering over verses that the Lord points out to you, you open up another avenue of grace. Memorizing verses opens up your heart to blessings not only for the future but also for today. We often neglect memorizing Scripture because we don’t see the blessings that it bring into our lives today. Memorizing helps us to change from the inside out, our heart changes to be more like the image of God with each and every verse we meditate on.
The longer you meditate on a verse, you will soon realize that you’ve committed it to memory without much effort. I’ve found this to be true with verses that I place on my window sill or refrigerator. You don’t need to sit down and write out the verses 100xs to memorize it!
The Bible is how God speaks to us, He gives us more grace when we listen and drink in His words. Don’t underestimate the effect that Bible reading has on your life, make it a priority.
“Good Bible reading is no mere science; it is an art.” David Mathis, Habits of Grace
Prayer is not just us talking to God. It’s not just us rattling off our list of wants to the Lord and then going on with our day. At least it shouldn’t be.
If we approach the throne of God realizing the power that we have through it then we will begin to see the effect of this means of grace on our lives.
Prayer is us responding to the Lord after He has spoken to us through His Word.
“This is not a conversation we start, but a relationship into which we’ve been drawn.” David Mathis, Habits of Grace
Your prayer life should be one of the highlights of your quiet time. We let far too many things interrupt this precious time when instead we should be protecting it. When we begin to start seeing prayer as a conversation, a means of grace in our life, instead of a list of wants we take our relationship with God to the next level. God is always ready to listen while we are hesitant to begin the conversation. Am I right?
There are two ways to deepen our prayer life. We need to have a private prayer life where we have an intimate one-on-one relationship but we also need to be praying with others. Whether that means we meet a few friends for a time of prayer and Bible study, send a prayer request to a praying friend or a prayer group at church or the mid-week service.
“Private prayer shows who we really are spiritually and is essential in healing the many places we find ourselves broken, needy, lacking, and rebellious.” David Mathis, Habits of Grace
Fellowship with other believers
Church is far more important to our faith than we like to give it credit for. Assembling with fellow believers is the encouragement our souls need when we are weak. Friends from church will be the first people in your life that will take time out of their busy schedules to help you, pray with you or even rebuke you when we begin to stray. We need them in our lives. These relationships may just save our spiritual life one day.
On the flip side, when we are plugged into our local church we are also that means of grace God uses in other people’s lives. Helping and serving others takes our eyes off ourselves, our problems and instead thinks of others while meeting their needs. Maybe this doesn’t come naturally to you or you are an introvert, just know that we can learn to be a blessing in the lives of others.
What about the preaching at church? Where does that fit in?
Putting ourselves under the leadership of our pastor and quieting ourselves every week to receive the messages that God has given to him for us is essential for our spiritual growth. God commands us not to forsake church. We need to make more of an effort to be there when the doors are open.
“Corporate worship is the single most important means of grace and our greatest weapon in the fight for joy, because, like no other means, corporate worship combines all three principles of God’s ongoing grace: His Word, prayers, and fellowship.” David Mathis, Habits of Grace
If we are intentional about consistently reading our Bible, praying effective prayers and fellowshipping with other believers then we are in the direct paths of receiving abundant grace from our Heavenly Father. Since all of these ways are direct ways that we can receive more grace in our lives, why then aren’t we faithfully doing them? Laziness. It’s time to stop being lazy and start applying these habits of grace to our lives.
“The Christian life, from start to finish, is utterly dependent on the grace of God.” David Mathis, Habits of Grace
Your turn! Which means of grace do you struggle with or find the easiest to practice on a regular basis? Would you add anything to this list? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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