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     The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God2 Cor. 4:4

Dear Lord Jesus, I thank you for the gift of another day, and the joy of walking in your unwavering, impassioned, unconditional love. In keeping with the burden of this one verse, I ask you to fill my gaze with your beauty, capture my mind with your truth, and astonish my heart with your grace.

If the main strategy of the kingdom of darkness is to keep unbelievers in the dark about the good news of your glory and grace, why would I think evil would choose some other tactic for we believers?

So Jesus, reveal more and more of the gospel to me—more and more of who you really are; more and more of what you’ve already accomplished by your life, death, and resurrection; more and more of what you’re continuing to do in your commitment to make all things new; more and more of what it’s going to be like to live with you and the whole family of God in the new heaven and new earth. Show me, convince me, dazzle me, change me; and then show me still more.

Don’t let me frame any notion of God apart from you, for you are the very image of God—God incarnate. Don’t let me read any part of the Bible without thinking about you—for everything written about you in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled (Luke 24:44). As the gospel is producing fruit and growing all over the world, so may it enlarge my heart and bring forth lasting fruit to your glory (Col. 1:6).

A Day is coming when we will see you as you are, and we will be like you (1 John 3:2). Hallelujah, many times over, and hasten that Day. By the light of this hope, I surrender to your purposes for this day.

In seeing you more clearly, may I see everyone and everything else today through the lens of the gospel. Give me great joy in loving and serving others, as you so gladly love and serve us. So very Amen I pray, in your peerless name. Amen.

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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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