Grace not Favor

The other day at church I was listening to my pastor preach (at Praise Church) and he made the point that the definition of grace is “unmerited favor.”  This is not breaking news to many of us in evangelical circles.  But it occurred to me that many times when I pray or when other people are praying they ask for “God’s favor” in this situation or that.  Isn’t “grace” the word we should be using?  When we’re asking God to help us pass the test or get the job or get the promotion, we shouldn’t be leaning on our own merit.  Everything we do in our Christian walk is done by God’s grace.  2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”  What we really need as Christians is God’s grace – his unmerited favor in our lives to do what He wants us to do.

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