On Mondays, we’re coming together to pray for marriage, for men, and for women. We’re praying that God would give the gift of marriage. We’re asking God to give men courage to walk into relationships. We’re asking God to change the hearts of women—into whatever He wants us to be, no matter the cost.
We are in the midst of an identity crisis. Individually. Communally. Cosmically. I suspect that for many of you who are single, like me, your identity crisis is tied up in your marital status. On our best days, we’re able to praise God in the midst of an emotional quagmire. On our worst days, we’re crying with David. And, oftentimes, we’re just somewhere in the ambiguous middle.
Today, I wanted to share with you one of my personal discoveries from my time praying and fasting in this community—and, it centers on this central question.
I have written about my own bad answers to this question. The Lord has really impressed on my heart in the last week or so just how central the answer to that question is to our mission at FastPray and how vital it is to have a solid, unshakeable answer.
The answer to that question—or the lack of an answer—will affect your heart, your attitude, your whole life. This question is at the center of every sin-battle, every life stage, and every victory in Christ.
We’ve touched on this concept before here on the blog—that the battles you’re facing now as an unmarried person will follow as you move into other life stages. Your insecurities, your failings, your pet worries—they aren’t going anywhere when he “puts a ring on it.” We can’t avoid our problems with a trip to the altar.
We can’t escape morphing from an emotional rollercoaster single to a topsy-turvy, basket-case housewife unless…
When Satan tempts us, demanding that we worry, give in to cynicism, and question our identity, we can say:
I am a child of God.
Wise and restored. (1 Corinthians 1:30)
A masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)
A new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Holy and blameless. (Colossians 1:22)
Chosen. (Ephesians 1:4)
Made complete. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Loved. (1 Thessalonians 1:4)
Come today as a child of God. Come and find freedom at His feet.