“To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—-their Lord and ours.” (Corinthians1:2)
The church consists of those who have been called out to serve Christ. “Church” usually designates a local body of believers. Geographically, this church was located in Corinth. Spiritually, the church is of God. For Paul, the church had its sole foundation in Christ who began His church and is its only Lord. Morally, the church is holy, because members have been made holy by Christ and live pure lives for him.
Thus, church members are saints or holy ones. That saints are not super Christians in a separate category from others is clearly revealed here. Paul addressed the Corinthians as holy or saints, then dealt with all their moral and spiritual problems. Saints are all Christians in all churches in every place. Prayer history was born when, at the birth of Enosh, men began to “call on the name of the Lord.” Christians call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. That prayer distinctively separates Christians from all other religious people.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, for all of us whom You have called to serve You through the Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son and our Savior, we use this name in our prayers, to invoke Your Holy Spirit to speak to You for us. Let our words and actions, always honor and glorify Your holy name. May You always find us being Your servants and seeking Your will and purposes in all that we do. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“May we live simply, so that others may simply live.”
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” (John15:7)
Beloved, the words of Christ abiding in the Christian imply that the mind of Christ is behind our asking. Believers in Christ will ask what Christ will honor. Jesus’
name is the legal warrant for the prayers of Christians. The use of the name presupposes that the person praying is manifesting the character of Jesus in his or her request and that the request will represent a continuation of the work of Christ.
“Prayer, In Jesus’ Name”: (John15:16)
Christians are to continue the work of Christ. Fruit-bearing Christians can expect answers to prayer. People without Christ’s love cannot. The way Christ’s work will be continued depends on prayer offered in His name and within the bounds of His character.
Second Thought of the Day:
“In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” (John16:23–24)
The Christian’s joy depends on the exercise of prayer privileges. We exercise that privilege by praying to the Father through Christ.
Previously, the disciples had relied on Jesus’ physical presence. The new experience of asking in the name of the ascended Christ brought new power and joy. Such power and joy remain available for believers. Beloved, do not make this harder than it truly is. If you have lost your joy, you must ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, to fully restore the joy that has sustained and supported you in all things. Understand?