Enable Us by Our Faith
Paul TautgesPaul Tautges serves as senior pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, having previously pastored for 22 years in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Paul has authored eight books including Counseling One Another, Brass Heavens, and Comfort the Grieving, and contributed chapters to two volumes produced by the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He is also the consulting editor of the LifeLine Mini-Book series from Shepherd Press. Paul is a Fellow with ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors). He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of ten children (three married), and have two grandchildren. Paul enjoys writing as a means of cultivating discipleship among believers and, therefore, blogs regularly at Counseling One Another.
- 2015 Sep 23
Yesterday morning, during a time of prayer with a brother in Christ, my heart was blessed by this prayer from Matthew Henry:
Give us the grace to believe, for the faith that saves does not come from ourselves, but only as your gift. Lord, increase our faith. Perfect what is lacking in it, that we may be strong in faith, giving you the glory. [Phil. 1:29; Eph. 2:8; Luke 17:5; 1 Thess. 3:10; Rom. 4:20]
Let us be daily crucified with Christ, so that the life we live in the flesh will be by faith in the Son of God who loved us and gave himself up to be crucified for us. As we continually bear in our bodies the dying of the Lord Jesus, let his life also be manifested in us. [Gal. 2:20; 2 Cor. 4:10].
As we have received Christ Jesus the Lord by faith, let us walk in him with the same faith. Let us be rooted and built up in him, established in the faith as we have been taught, abounding with thanksgiving. Let every word of yours profit us as it is mixed with faith. By our faith let us receive the testimony of Jesus, and then offer our own testimony that you, our God, are always true. Work in us that faith which makes substance out of things hoped for, and provides confirmation for things not seen. Let us look beyond visible things that are temporal and focus on invisible things that are eternal. [Col. 2:6-7; Heb. 4:2; John 3:33; Heb. 11:1; 2 Cor. 4:18]
Enable us by our faith to always perceive you as being immediately in our presence. Let us have our eyes directed toward you, that in everything we may act as though we see you, the one who forever remains invisible to the human eye. Instead of focusing on the dangers of this life, let us set our attention on your reward for those who continue to trust in you. [Psa. 16:8; 25:15; Heb. 11:26-27]
[From Matthew Henry’s A Way to Pray]