“Would you say the gospel is the most important thing in your life?” my small group leader asked one night. Heads nodded around the room. “Then why don’t we wake up thinking about it? Why isn’t it on our minds all the time?”
No one was brave enough to voice the sad truth; even though we know the importance of a gospel-centered life, we don’t actually live it out very well in our daily lives. Like seasonal décor, we talk about the gospel at Christmas and Easter, and then neatly pack it away.
No one dared look at each other as our leader continued; “How can we change that? How can we put the gospel at the center of our lives every day?”
A few more moments of silence passed before someone spoke up, “by being intentional about it.” Heads nodded around the room again, but the questions of “how?” lingered in the air.
As our group leader waited for additional comments, my mind wandered to the black three-ring binder leaning up against my bed at home; “We pray the promises of the cross every morning.”
How Praying the Promises of the Cross leads to a Gospel-Centered Life
Recently, I had started using the Praying the Promises of the Cross Journal, created by my blogging friend Arabah Joy. Every morning, this journal walked me to the cross with scripture, a mini-devotional, and space to write down a prayer.
As a result, I marveled at God’s love. Day after day, I profusely thanked God for sacrificing Jesus to save me, for adopting me into his family, and for extending grace and righteousness to a sinner like me.
My time at the cross each morning gave me a heart of repentance. (How could I hold on to sin knowing what Jesus went through to redeem me?) And as the days passed, I offered forgiveness and grace to others more readily because God gave me an abundance of both every morning.
Explaining this practice to my small group opened my eyes to the transformation happening within my life. I couldn’t help feeling like I had discovered the simple secret to a gospel-centered life; go to the cross every day and meet Jesus there. That’s it! For the gospel is powerful and if we allow Him, God will use it to transform us.
Yet, without the Praying the Promises of the Cross Journal, I would have sat silently with my brothers and sisters in Christ, knowing the gospel should make a difference, but not knowing how to practically apply it every day.
If you also struggle with putting the gospel front and center every day, then I highly recommend the Praying The Promises of the Cross Journal. Here is what Arabah says about it:
Praying the Promises of the Cross was carefully designed to help take the guesswork out of praying promises.
This digital resource can be instantly downloaded and includes everything you need to pray the promises while addressing the most common obstacles to praying scripture.
The Praying the Promises of the Cross Journal includes:
- 40 ALL NEW Scriptures in a Quick Start Guide
- Instructions on How to Pray Promises from God’s Word
- 40 Daily mini-devotionals
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- blank journal pages for you to individualize as you like
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See for yourself how this one little discipline can transform your life.
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