Any prayer for God to change you is a prayer of unbelief.
There are believers who assume that change happens little by little every day, and that they “always need more power” from God to change them. But this is not what the gospel says.
17Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ [the Messiah] he is a new creation [a new creature altogether]; the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17, Amplified Bible
Change took place in you the moment you were in Christ. The change wasn’t gradual. It was instantaneous. What ensues then is for you to discover how much you have been changed.
Don’t try to become a new creation. You are already a new creation.
Being a new creation means everything about you is new. You have a whole new identity, a whole new nature, a whole new position with God, a whole new reality and a whole new destiny.
Everything is so new about you that you need to be “re-introduced” to yourself all over again. In Christ, you are no longer the “old you” but the “new you”. As such, if you have to pray for God to change you, you have an identity mix-up.
The very reason why the Holy Spirit is in you is to familiarise you to live the new creation life. His work is to enlighten you with everything that you have in Christ (Ephesians 1:17-23). Keep on beholding “the fresh and new” that has come to you, and you will never pray for God to change you again. Instead, pray that God will reveal to you who you really are in Christ.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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