Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Praying for Greater Inner Security (PrayerLife)

Crossing by boat over Lake Michigan
Over the years I have struggled with inner insecurity about my own self. Thomas Merton (Henri Nouwen too) distinguished between one's false self and one's true self. Inner security and freedom comes as I discover and experience and live out of who I truly am and have been created to be.

I have been greatly helped by re-reading and meditating on my true nature, which is a child of God, in Christ. 

I can relate to the many people who, mostly unconsciously, listen to the inner voices of the false self and experience the insecurity those voices produce. I meet these people every day in the work I do. Maybe that's you. I have had moments where I have felt a failure and worthless. Have you? If so, join me in praying these things, asking God's Spirit to move them from mental assent to heart-reality, from inner bondage to freedom.


I am accepted...
I am God's child.
As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.
I have been justified.
I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.
I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
I am a member of Christ's body.
I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.
I am complete in Christ.
I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.
I am secure...
I am free from condemnation.
I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God.
I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.
I am hidden with Christ in God.
I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me.
I am a citizen of heaven.
I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.
I am significant...
I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
I am God's temple.
I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
I am God's workmanship.
I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me