If we deserved mercy, we wouldn’t need it.
“Today we are forgiven not for any other reason but because Jesus kept the covenant conditions; we have access to God and forgiveness of sins through Jesus. Every time Satan seeks to condemn us for our sins or accuse us of our failures, we have only to remember the blood of Christ. Our salvation was never based upon our goodness or our works; the foundation of our faith rests on what Jesus Christ won for us in His covenant with the Father.” Francis Frangipane
“For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.”1
Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.2
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.3
My Prayer: Lord, rescue me from the torment of the enemy. Free me from bondage; hear my cry for freedom. I am not requesting this from you because I am righteous, but because you are very compassionate. Let me live in the fullness that was secured on the cross by Christ Jesus, my Savior! I know you sent him for this very purpose, give me the grace to fully embrace my cross daily. Renew my strength, fill me with vigor and a passion for more of you! Amen.