From Scotty’s Smith’s Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-centered Faith (Baker, 2011), pp. 13-14:
Praying the gospel involves engaging with all three offices of Christ: Jesus as prophet, priest, and king.
Engaging him as our prophet, we listen to Jesus and we look for him in every part of the Scriptures (Luke 24:27).
Engaging him as our priest, we honor Jesus as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, the righteousness we have by faith, and our loving Savior and High Priest who meets and greets us at the throne of his grace.
Engaging him as our king, we submit to Jesus as the one who is making all things new—including us and the broken world all around us.
Praying the gospel involves “redemptive redundancies.” I intentionally always come back to who we are in Christ and who he is in us. Like Luther said, we need the basics of the gospel every day because we forget the gospel every day.
Praying the gospel also involves connecting with the grand meta narrative of the Bible, which runs through and connects all sixty-six books. This redemptive-historical way of praying helps us remember our calling to be characters in and carriers of God’s story. God’s story unfolds through the fourfold plotline of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation. Keeping this big story line in mind helps us consistently focus on the person and work of Jesus.
Indeed, the central and operative question in life is not “What would Jesus do if he were here?” Rather, it is “What is Jesus doing?” since he is right here, and everywhere else, right now. The two things that Jesus has “signed on for”—the two things that are central to the history of redemption and echo through every one of these prayers—are his commitment to redeem his bride from every nation and his commitment to restore creation and usher in the new heaven and new earth at his return. These two passions of Jesus are assumed in every one of my prayers.