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Christ Living in Me

Romans 8:9-15

Dear Father, who indwells me, Show me that I do not really live in the flesh, since your Spirit really dwells in me, else I would not belong to you. So with Christ living in me, my spirit is alive because of righteousness, even though my body is dead (doomed for decay!) because of sin. May the same Spirit which dwelled in Jesus continue to dwell in me and give life to my mortal body. Enable me by the Spirit to put to death the deeds of the sinful body, and thus find life. Help me cast off the spirit of slavery, and be a true son of yours. Thank you that I can call you “Abba, Father,” as a fearless testimony of my sonship. Thank you, God, for condescending to be my Father and for making me an heir of your glory. It is in the name of Jesus and by his authority that I have such boldness to come to you, asking these things according to his will. Amen.

Walking in the Spirit

Romans 8:1-8

Dear Father, Thank you that there is no condemnation for me now that I am in Christ Jesus. Through the principle of the Spirit of life in him I have been set free from the principle of sin and death. You, my God, did what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. You sent your own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin. Through him you condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in your people, of which I am one. Help me walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Set my mind on your Spirit, so I might live by your Spirit and find life and peace. It is in the name of Jesus, who gives his Spirit, that I pray these things. Amen.

A Sufficient Answer

Romans 7:21-8:1

Dear Father, I delight in your law even though evil keeps planting suggestions of rebellion in my mind. Help me to truly want to do what is right in your sight, Father. Thanks be to you, my God, through Jesus Christ my Lord! You have provided a sufficient answer to the conflict within me – the life and sacrifice of Jesus and his resurrection. Thank you, Father, that there is now no condemnation for me because I am in Christ! In the name of Jesus I thank you and praise you for the mercy shown to me and all your chosen ones. Hallelujah. Amen.

Inner Conflict

Romans 7:1-20

Dear Father, I have died to the world (and to the idea that I can be justified by keeping a set of rules) through the body of Christ that I might belong to Christ. He was raised from the dead that I might belong to him and bear fruit in his name. Help me to bear fruit for you in the way I live. Let me serve you in the new life of the Spirit. Give me strength to resist suggestions to do evil. For even though I want to do good, opportunities to do evil lie close at hand. Don’t let my inner rebellion convince me to do the opposite of what you command. In the name of Jesus resolve the conflicts of my life and give me a clear course to walk as I follow him. Amen.

Yielded to Righteousness

Romans 6:19-23

Dear Father, Master of my life, As I once yielded my members to impurity and greater and greater iniquity, so now I yield them to you for righteousness and sanctification. Thank you for setting me free from sin and making me your slave, your rich slave, because the return I get is sanctification and its result, eternal life. Thank you for your free gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus, my Lord. In the name of Jesus I thank you for your wonderful grace and all your gifts. Amen.