Thursday Week 1

John Calvin famously said that true wisdom consists of two main things: knowledge of God and knowledge of ourselves. Prayer is driven by the same two things. The more we know God, and the more we understand our own identity in Christ, the more we will strive to develop a life of delighting and depending on God in prayer.

J. I. Packer says this about your real identity and destiny as a Christian:

I am a child of God. God is my Father; heaven is my home; every day is one day nearer. My Saviour is my brother; every Christian is my brother too. Say it over and over to yourself first thing in the morning, last thing at night, as you wait for the bus, any time when your mind is free, and ask that you may be enabled to live as one who knows it is all utterly and completely true.” (Packer, Knowing God, p. 256)

Knowing and remembering who you are in Jesus will have a huge effect on your life. Listen this time to Kenneth Boa:

“The clearer we capture the vision of our new identity in Christ, the more we will realize that our deepest needs for security, significance, and satisfaction are met in Him and not in people, possessions, or positions.” (Boa, Handbook to Prayer)

Spend a few minutes reflecting: Where do you most often look for security, significance, and satisfaction?

Now slowly read and meditate on the following verses, and use them to talk to God about who he is and who you are in Christ.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace … When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. (Eph. 1:3-7, 13-14)

Finally, read again over Packer’s description of your real identity. Through the day, remind yourself of who you are in Christ.

Verses for further prayer: John 4:1-14.

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