Something I go back to often is my own daily need to “swim in the gospel.” The idea (not original with me) is simple: much like there are depths of the ocean that are impossible to fully plumb, so are the depths of God’s love, acceptance, and plan for us in Christ impossible to fully grasp.
As much as we think we may comprehend God’s free gift of grace, we could never find the bottom. God’s love toward us in Christ is deeper than the Mariana Trench, higher than Mt. Everest and more endless than the sands of every seashore.
Knowing this, Paul prayed fervently that believers in Ephesus “may have the strength to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth,” of “the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge” In this robust prayer, Paul makes it clear that the very strength that brings the all-surpassing love of God home in our hearts are the truths of the gospel (Ephesians 3:14-21).
As Tim Keller puts it, the gospel is not merely the ABC’s of the Christian life, it is the A-Z of the Christian life. It is not just how we start, it’s also how we continue. The same gospel that saves us is the same gospel that changes us. Much like a fish was created to swim freely in water, you and I were created to swim freely in the grace and acceptance of God provided us in the gospel. However, because of our brokenness, we are quick to jump out of the pool.
A great way to keep swimming, and certainly go deeper, is by praying what JD Greear refers to as “the gospel prayer.” The aim of the prayer is to saturate our heart and mind in the paradigms of the gospel by rehearsing its truths each day
Before I give you the gospel prayer, allow me to share how God has used it in my own life. At the beginning of this past week, I set a lunch-time reminder to pause what I’m doing for five minutes and say the gospel prayer out loud each day. In doing so, I seek to bring the four gospel-aspects of the prayer to bear on my emotions and circumstances. I actually paused writing this so I could.
Through that time, the Lord moved me…
… to confess and repent of sinful moments when I’ve attempted to earn, replace and supplement His approval with lesser loves.
… to invite blessing over people who have inured me.
… to pray boldly for salvation and restored marriages.
… to be still and let go of the pressure to be everywhere for all, know it all, and fix it all.
… to sing the promises of God out loud (at ease, no one else was around).
Ultimately, the prayer has increased my ability to “swim in the gospel.”
I believe it can increase yours as well.
So, here it is, in four parts…
In Christ, there is nothing I can do that would make You love me more, and nothing I have done that makes You love me less.
Your presence and approval are all I need for everlasting joy.
As You have been to me, so I will be to others.
As I pray, I’ll measure Your compassion by the cross and Your power by the resurrection.
 The gospel prayer is actually the outline for Greear’s tremendously helpful book, “Gospel.” You can get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Recovering-Power-Christianity-Revolutionary