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If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Gal. 5:1

Dear Lord Jesus, as I meditate on these encouraging passages, I realize I’m not nearly as free as you intend me to be. Though you’ve already freed from every notion that I can gain a relationship with God by being good and doing right; and though you’ve already liberated me from the illusion that I can earn more of God’s love by ramping up my obedience and decreasing my foolishness; and though the chains of condemnation have already been broken in my life and the fears of death, Judgment Day, and the future have been sent packing—nevertheless, I’m still in need of your liberating grace.

Indeed, I’m still a babe, a neophyte, and a raw rookie in so many gospel freedoms. It’s your kindness that shows me these things, and your love that gives me great hope as I offer these prayers.

Lord Jesus, please free me so I can be less irritated, and less often, with fewer people. Turn my hair-trigger reactions into slower, wiser, caring responses. Help me to use fewer words and more listening, when engaging others. Unshackle me from the illusion of control and my commitment to a pain-free heart.

Lord Jesus, please liberate me from thinking about the next thing, so I can be present in the current moment. Enable me to make better eye contact and heart connection with family, friends and strangers. Help me to be more intrigued with people I don’t know and less timid around strangers.

Lord Jesus, break even more of the chains of my insecurities, fear and shame. Free me from the grave-clothes of feeling incompetent and ill equipped for important things in life. Unfetter me from thinking too much about what I’m not, by showing me more of you and who I am in you.

Please free me for greater spontaneity, louder laughter, saltier tears, and quicker repentances. Because the Day of my consummate freedom is guaranteed, I will trust you for all the liberating grace I will need for this one gift of a day. So very Amen I pray, in your most compassionate and powerful name.


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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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