This week my identity in Christ has been on my mind, I have been dwelling on the fact that I am chosen (John 15:16), loved and accepted by God because of what Jesus did on the cross for me (Galatians 2:20; Romans 15:7). I am in fact God’s child (John 1:12), this is profound and is something I should dwell on and let shape my whole life.
Having a good understanding of my identity in Christ is fundamental and because of that it is important to keep reminding myself of the facts found in Scripture. Clearly reading the Bible is good but so is ‘speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs…’ (Ephesians 5:19). This week I have had the song: Who You Say I Am by Hillsong on my mind, it is so saturated with truth and scripture.
In addition to reminding ourselves where our identity is found it is important to use it as a basis when we pray. I am currently reading Tim Chester’s book called You Can Pray. I have just read a chapter entitled: The Son makes every prayer pleasing to God. It explained how every prayer is a good prayer because Jesus makes us good pray-ers. This is because Jesus is the Great High Priest, and I can approach God’s throne of grace with confidence (Hebrews 4:14-16). As Chester puts it: ‘Gospel prayer is a simple, passionate response to God’s fatherhood’ (p33). This should shape my prayer life, prayer disciplines can be helpful but all I actually need to pray is Jesus.
So my challenge to both you and me today is to spend some time today dwelling on who you are in Christ and thinking about how that should affect different areas of your life, for me I have been thinking about my prayer life.