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I wrote this post for Eric Pfeiffer’s blog.

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Over the past nine months, the approach and resources of 3 Dimension Ministries and huddling with Eric Pfeiffer have helped me get to the places I always wanted to go but never knew how. As I have intentionally focused on my character as a disciple and my capacity as a leader, my relationship with Jesus has grown deeper and become real and transformative. My experience of prayer has, too. But, I’m still growing into this.

And so, last month, when our church council covenanted to, among other things, pray daily for ourselves and our families, each other, and the congregation, I wondered how to begin.

I’ve been praying for years, but I wanted to do it intentionally and with power. How?

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us how to pray . . . .”
 
When you pray, say, Our Father . . .
I got two words into it. And that’s where I stayed. The beginning of the prayer is the beginning of us. And the end of us. And everything in between.

Our Father is all about identity.

As I prayed for my partners on the church council, as I rested on Our Father, the words I received were all about identity – God’s, theirs, and mine.

You are all children of God. God is your Father, your Abba, which is, literally, your daddy. That defines who you are – daughters and sons of Daddy.

That’s grace. And it’s powerful. It means something that you are his children. What is his is yours. It’s yours. It’s yours!

Like, for example, the power to love, forgive, heal, reconcile. What a gift . . . responsibility . . . power . . . privilege. That’s so cool.

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“Daddy, daddy, daddy, can I have . . . ?” Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. He has your best interest in his heart. He wants what’s best for you. It’s not always what we want or even something we’ve imagined yet.

Follow. You’ll see. Trust. Hold his hand. Rest in daddy’s care.

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You have identities as spouses, parents, leaders. But, let’s get back to the heart of the matter. You are children of God. It’s not about your job, your success, your money – or your lack thereof. It’s God’s relationship with you – you are his child. It’s such a tender relationship. I see this identity as so vulnerable. Not that anything will ever change your identity. But, it is always under attack, from outside and from inside us. Our identities must be tended, like a garden. Nurtured with tender hearts and hands, and with vigilance. Our identities as God’s children are so lovely, so important.

Our other identities don’t matter if we don’t see that we are, firstly, children of God. This identity is everything.

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