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     Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  Gen. 12:1-3

Dear heavenly Father, so many different narratives compete for our hearts, days, energy, and resources. But this startling encounter between you and Abram reminds us of the main storyline of the Bible—the story which connects all of history, and reveals your irrepressibly, immeasurably generous heart. We praise you for making incredible promises to an unsuspecting pagan, Abram—promises you alone can keep. Indeed, from beginning to end your story is a story of sovereign grace.

Father, thank you for the promise of “the land”. It began in the Garden of Eden, continued in the land of Israel, and will culminate in the new heaven and new earth. Place and space matter to you. You’ve promised to redeem and restore your entire fallen world, not just one part of it. Jesus is making all things new, not all new things. We praise you for your inviolate plans and great strength.

Thank you for the promise of “the seed.” From the one man Abram, you created a great nation as the birthing canal of the Messiah, Jesus. You promised the seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent (Gen. 3:15), and you did not lie. Jesus came into the world to destroy the work of the devil, and he has succeeded. His cross and resurrection guarantee that, just like Abraham, we are counted righteous in your sight by faith (Gen. 15:6; Rom 4). We praise you for the everlasting gospel of your saving grace.

Thank you for the promise of “blessing.” Father, it has always been your plan to redeem a family from all families on the earth. Indeed, you made Abram (Abraham) the father of many nations. All of history is bound up with your commitment to redeem your people “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” (Rev. 7:9). We praise you for your magnanimous heart and measureless generosity.

Father, thank you for making us characters in and carriers of your great story of redemption. So let us live and so let us love to your glory. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name.

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  1. Brenda Boyd says:

    Dear Rev. Smith:
    Thank you for this prayer. I am classes in Religion and Philosophy. So far I did good the 1st semester. This semester is a little weary too me. I am taking IVP-Introduction to the Bible and the New Testament Introduction. Trying to comprehend and do well and writing papers is a lot. I had to answer a question from the instructor” What is the basic story line of the gospels? I found this prayer while looking for the answer. I read it aloud. Thank you, I pray you continue to go higher and higher as God will you to do so. I am going to sit and relax and get my comprehension in check. It has been 25 years since i have been in school. I pray at 62 years old that I will succeed at getting the BA degree that I set out to get. Have a good day.

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