How do you pray? Do you ask God for what you ALREADY HAVE in Christ?
Do these sound like your prayers?
“Please redeem me. Please forgive me. Please cleanse me. Please give me access to the throne. Please don’t condemn me. Please establish me. Please give me a spirit of power, love and sound mind. Please make me your holy temple. Please give me favor with You.”
If so, you are asking God for what you ALREADY HAVE.
Notice that the verses about you (below) are in PRESENT or PAST tense. Examine the list of truths about you and notice where you are asking for what you already have.
I am Accepted-
I am God’s child. John 1:12
As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ. John 15:15
I have been justified (declared righteous). Romans 5:1
I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:17
I have been bought with a price and I belong to God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I am a member of Christ’s body. 1 Corinthians 12:27
I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child. Ephesians 1:4-5
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. Colossians 1:13-14
I am complete in Christ. Colossians 2:9-10
I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 4:14-16
I am Secure-
I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1-2
I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances. Romans 8:28
I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God. Romans 8:31-39
I have been established, anointed and sealed by God. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
I am hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-4
I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me. Philippians 1:6
I am a citizen of heaven. Philippians 3:20
I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me. 1 John 5:18
I am Significant-
I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life. John 15:5
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit. John 15:16
I am God’s temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16
I am a minister of reconciliation for God. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm. Ephesians 2:6
I am God’s workmanship. Ephesians 2:10
I may approach God with freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
(originally from Neil Anderson’s list)
Is knowledge of these truths an oversight on my part?
Do I have trouble receiving them on a personal level? Why?
If so, is my inability to receive them due to unbelief or mere negligence?
Hebrews 11:5 tells us that only faith pleases God. So in the verses above, instead of asking God for what we ALREADY HAVE, let’s acknowledge and humbly receive by faith what God has ALREADY GIVEN us.
And in that acknowledgment and receptivity, let’s THANK HIM for each of the heavenly gifts He has lavished on us and live as if they are true…because they are! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!