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Today we are looking at the third prayer strategy that is covered in the book:
Praying For Your Identity
Do you know who you are? Do you know who God created you to be? Do you know you are His child, loved and cherished by Him?
In this prayer strategy, Shirer tells us that the enemy would like us to focus on our flaws, inadequacies, failures, and weaknesses. This is another tactic toward making us live in defeat and discouragement. The devil wants us to be so focused on them that we believe they represent who we are.
A quote from this chapter:
“He’d rather conspire to keep you in a constant state of mourning, grieving over who you wish you were, instead of relishing who you really are, exacerbated by insecurity and crippled by self-doubt.”
And in another spot she says:
“He wants you lifeless, disengaged, brainwashed into believing you have nothing of value to offer.”
I think as women that we can all relate to these statements. At one time or another we’ve allowed ourselves to wallow in insecurity and self-judgment. It’s kept us from being effective and from living out of our true identity.
Instead, we need to embrace who God created us to be, and we can discover this by going to the Scriptures.
- Children of God – John 1:12
- Adopted by God – Ephesians 1:5
- Accepted by God – Romans 15:7
- Created in God’s Image – Genesis 1:27
- Formed by God – Jeremiah 1:5
- Given Gifts by God – 1 Corinthians 12:27
- Chosen by God – 1 Peter 2:9
- Equal in God’s eyes – Galatians 3:27-28
- Temples of the Holy Spirit – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
- Loved by God – 1 John 3:1-2
- Saved by God – Ephesians 2:8
- Raised with Christ – Colossians 13:1-3
The list could go on and on.
The verse that I love when thinking about my identity is Ephesians 2:10
Remember, our enemy is the author of lies, and he would like us to believe those lies about ourselves. He is crafty and will use past experiences or past comments and hurts to show us the evidence that his lies are truth. Instead, we need to stand firm against the jabs that he sends our way and remain strong in the truth that God tells us. Again let’s turn to Scripture that gives us the image of wearing armor.
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The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
How will you develop your prayer strategy around your identity? How will you work to buckle on the truth about who you are created to be? Take time today to remember the truths that God has shared about you in His Word and pray for protection from the lies that the enemy would love for you to believe.
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