It’s February 4, 2020. Today, I’m joining the Write 28 Days Blogging Challenge a few days late but welcomed by a gracious host, Anita Ojeda. Participants choose a category, in which to concentrate throughout the challenge and the host provides a daily writing prompt. You can find me in the Christian Living category of this year’s writing challenge link-up. Be sure to visit other posts while you’re there.
Did you know that our identity is in Christ? It comes from Christ Jesus. This thought may sound odd to you, but it’s more than just a thought. It’s the truth for those who have accepted Christ as their Savior.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll intentionally explore scripture to learn about who God says we are and get busy writing our own Identity Statements. Let’s begin this Identity project with a word of prayer, it’s always the best place to start.
Lord, I pray for those us feeling unworthy and unsure of their purpose in this world, stuck in feelings of inadequacy, or sure they’ll never be enough. Help us know what you want us to do today and every day. Make us wise about spiritual things; and how to live in a way the will always please and honor You; so that what we do is good and kind for others and ourselves. Help us to know You better and better. Fill us with your strength so that we can keep going no matter what happens, always full of Your joy and thankful to the Father who has made us fit to share all the wonderful things that belong to those who live in the kingdom of light. Help us to know who we are in your eyes, Lord, and help us get there. In Jesus’ name. Amen
I’ve been in low places before, believing that was all there was for me. That changed when I found my identity in Christ, and I intend to share how you can find yours, too, friends. I learned not to stay in dark places because I don’t belong there and neither do you. We’ll talk about this more tomorrow.
A life-changing prayer
These verses come from the book of Colossians 1:9-13. I modified the words from the Living Bible and then used them in the prayer above. Praying God’s words back to Him is powerful and can be very effective (James 5:16).
Verses 9-12 describe some of the good things He wants for His children:
9 So ever since we first heard about you, we have kept on praying and asking God to help you understand what he wants you to do; asking him to make you wise about spiritual things;10 and asking that the way you live will always please the Lord and honor him, so that you will always be doing good, kind things for others, while all the time you are learning to know God better and better.11 We are praying, too, that you will be filled with his mighty, glorious strength so that you can keep going no matter what happens—always full of the joy of the Lord,12 and always thankful to the Father who has made us fit to share all the wonderful things that belong to those who live in the Kingdom of light.
Verse 13 describes how deeply we are loved by God:
13 For he has rescued us out of the darkness and gloom of Satan’s kingdom and brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,14 who bought our freedom with his blood and forgave us all our sins.
These verses bring me joy and I use them often to pray for others and myself. I hope they bring you joy too.