Identity Prayer

The recurring theme for me in this season of life has been claiming my identity in Jesus.  For much of my life I have struggled to know how to live and experience the life that Jesus offers.  I have tried all kinds of systems and strategies that have promised the kind of life and fulfillment that is described in the Bible, but everything I have ever tried has fallen flat.  I think the reality is that as well seasoned as I am in communicating God's grace, for much of my life I have been utterly unaware of the ways that I have been casting aside what has been given to me freely for the sake of my own effort and accomplishment.  What I have been discovering in this season of my life, however, is that all that I have been longing for can be found in simply knowing who I am — by claiming, and proclaiming, and reclaiming that constantly.  The good news is that this is not just wishful thinking.  This is not who I say I am, or who I wish I could be.  THIS IS WHO I AM!  THIS IS WHO JESUS SAYS I AM!!  To help remind me of this (because the evil one is good at his job and would love to convince me otherwise) I have come up with the following paraphrase of some key scriptures that articulate this truth.  I have begun using this as part of my ongoing prayer life.  Thought I would share it today:

  • My place in the family of God has been made secure through faith and not by what I can do myself. (Romans 3:28)
  • No one who has tried to get right with God by their own accord has ever succeeded.  Instead of trying to set things right on my own, I will trust in you and the work that you have already completed on my behalf! (Romans 9:30-32)
  • Jesus has set me free from the power that sin once had over my life.  It no longer defines me.  I am a servant of God.  Today I will live in such a way that reflects the new life I have in Jesus.  Sin can only lead me to death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus! (Romans 6:22-23)
  • Because of who he is, Jesus has freely given me all that he has.  This is what allows me to participate in the life of God and makes it possible for me to turn my back on the corruption caused by my human desires. (2 Peter 1:4)
  • Today, I will lead a life worthy of my calling, for I have been named and claimed by God! (Ephesians 4:1)

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