Today’s Our Daily Bread is titled “No Substitute Needed,” and their point was that our heavenly Father is always available to hear and deal with our every need, and he never needs to call on a substitute prayer-answerer.
In fact, God did provide a substitute when it counted the most; my substitute, my stand-in, my scapegoat, my whipping boy, the Lord Jesus Christ, who took upon himself my sin’s guilt—all of it. I can never thank my Savior enough for the perfect love he demonstrated by taking my just punishment on Calvary’s cross, but I can show my gratitude in the one way that really counts, by obeying his two-fold commandment:
Matthew 22:35-40 ESV
(35) And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.
(36) "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?"
(37) And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
(38) This is the great and first commandment.
(39) And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
(40) On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets."