Do you ever feel like you are having a hard time sensing the power of Jesus’ resurrection in your life? Sometimes it is hard to live radically different if we feel as though some things never change. For many of us, new life seems to elude us. We struggle to discover wholeness in the mess of our broken identities. If that is you today, let me offer this prayer for new life. If there is something in particular that comes to your mind, something that you know needs to be touched and changed by the power of the resurrection, hold it out to Jesus as you pray.
Lord Jesus my heart sings and celebrates the power of Your death and resurrection!
It is the greatest, most loving, selfless act, and it changed everything.
And the power…the same power that raised You from the dead is available to me.
Yet, as I sit here today, I admit God, that there are places in my life that seem unchanged, untouched by your power and love. I feel trapped. Defeated. Helpless. Afraid.
Forgive me for not trusting you with all of me.
I haven’t surrendered it all. I keep holding tight, trying to manipulate the outcome.
I desperately need You.
I need you to pour your resurrection life into the dark crevices. Help it to seep deep underneath the surface. Break through the barriers. Soften my heart. Clear the confusion. Help me to see, recognize, understand the power of your resurrection within me today…in this moment…in the brokenness…in what seems to be chaos…in the places where I feel lonely and forgotten.
Thank you, that you pour your unfailing love upon me each day.
I know the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken for he is right beside me.
Show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
In Jesus’ name.