Peola's Prayer Points
By Peola Hicks

God's Grace: Pass It On

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

I periodically receive savings passes from department stores. One day I was in one of these stores but did not have it with me. A kind fellow shopper told me that she did not need hers and asked if I would like it. Of course, my answer was yes. It was unasked for, but greatly appreciated.

When situations like this happen, it makes me wonder how often I have extended grace to others. When I give a gift, shouldn’t the recipient be deserving? In truth, however, this defies the definition of grace. Grace is God’s unmerited favor. I cannot earn God’s grace; it is a free gift. A gift whose value is more than my mind can comprehend. One that increases in value every time I share it with others who are in need.

As I strive to get closer to God during this season of Lent, I want to be intentional about removing stumbling blocks that hinder me from imitating Christ. My salvation is not based upon works that I have done. I did not have to accumulate points or perform a special project to qualify for God’s grace. It was given to me as a gift. I want to not only say that I am grateful but also demonstrate it by sharing God’s grace. It is an opportunity to stay focused on what is right about others. I believe God gives us families so we can practice; it seems easier to withhold grace from those we love most. Author Philip Yancey calls that “ungrace.”

My prayer point and challenge to you is to join me at the throne of grace. That is the place of prayer. It is the place where mercy flows in abundance. I am finding my place there and discovering what a difference focused prayer makes. I can obtain grace and get rid of “ungrace.” Through prayer I am much more likely to remember to pass on to others the grace that has been given to me. Prayer works.

God bless you!

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Rev. Dr. Peola C. Hicks manages all prayer, volunteer and partner programs for OurPrayer. OurPrayer is a Christ centered ministry that receives and prays for over 750,000 requests on an annual basis through the web, phone and Facebook. Peola is an ordained minister and has a profile on Facebook as Peola’s Prayer Points.

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Dear Peola,
I'm not sure I understand what you mean when you say "It is easier to withhold 'grace' to those we love the most." Speaking of practicing with families. Could you explain this to me? I understand grace, always feeling, it on my part, as undeserved but realize the concept of God's grace cannot be earned.
Thank you.

Thank you so much for this much needed message! I didn't grow up with this concept of grace, I think I was taught that one had to EARN the favor of God, or at least that's how I interpreted the teachings and prayers. Discovering the concept of grace some years ago was a revelation to me, and I always pay special attention to messages I read about grace. I think that because I have tended to feel unworthy some(much?) of the time (I'm working on that), I have withheld certain things from others I have deemed not worthy enough! I realize now what a mistake that is. So I will add a prayer to my list this morning, to be willing to see others differently, to extend the hand of grace to those I would exclude, to see us ALL as children of God, worthy of God's grace. Thank you for opening my eyes this morning!

Terry G sounds like he has discovered AMAZING GRACE: God has opened his eyes.