From the Blog
|A Prayer About Our Riches in Christ|
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe…”—Ephesians 1:16-19
Have you ever prayed for something—perhaps for someone to be healed—and then you ended your prayer with, “if it be Your will”? I believe that’s proper to pray, especially when we’re not sure whether or not our request is in line with what God wants to do. When Jesus was in Gethsemane, He prayed, “Not my will, but Your will be done.” However, there are prayers we can pray where we do not have to add, “if it be Your will” because we know that we are praying right in line with God’s will; in other words, we are praying God’s will exactly.
That’s what happens when we pray the prayers of Paul who spent a great deal of time praying for others. His prayers always expressed what God’s desire was for His people. No need to add, “if it is Your will.”
|- Keep reading|
|A Prayer to Understand Our Identity in Christ|
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”– Galatians 2:20
The changes God makes in our lives after our conversion are profound and lasting; God does a deep work that rituals cannot perform. Consider this: God so profoundly put us into Jesus—in a legal way—that His history becomes our history. We were crucified with Him, and we were “raised with Him” (Romans 6:5). This identification with Christ is the basis for our intimate relationship with Him; it is also the basis of our walk of victory.
If you were convicted of a capital crime and then put to death for it, the law would have no more claim on you. Just so, as believers, we’ve died with Christ, and as a result, we are dead to our obligations to meet the demands of the law. In short, Jesus fulfilled the demands of the law for us. So our “death” with Jesus frees us from a standard we could never keep and the punishments that accompany it. But—thanks be—we still do live, but we do so by faith in Jesus.
|- Keep reading|