Prayer Establishes Our Release to God
Christ as Lord
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:13-16
Key Verse: 1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect
The word “lord” is used hundreds of times in the Bible. In the culture that the Bible was written, having servants was as common as our cell phones. If you had a servant in your household, it didn’t particularly indicate extreme wealth. The servants were far from what we might describe as butlers or maids. Honestly, the word “slave” would probably better describe the servants of this era. These servants would refer to their “employers” as “lords.” The lord of the house called all the shots and had the legal power of life and death over their household servants.
In our Key Verse for today, the Apostle Peter tells us to set aside Christ as Lord in our hearts. This is a voluntary servant-hood position. We do that, not under obligation, but cheerfully. Only those who don’t know Jesus Christ would hesitate. Having Christ as Lord over us means new freedom and deep peace! Allowing Christ to call all the shots in our daily life benefits us and will never harm us. That is not to say that we will understand all His leading, nor is it to say that we, humanly, will not be disappointed with some of His directives. That parallels our young children’s reactions to some of our parenting decisions. Nonetheless, when Jesus is our Lord, He is right in all His judgments. He supercharges the good and does an extreme makeover on the bad that comes to our lives. There should be no fear in following the Apostle Peter’s command: “In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.” You can do this in your prayers: “Father, may your will be done!”
Father, please supersede anything I ask for with your perfect and pleasing opinion! In Jesus’ Name, amen.