I attended the Rise Up event in Washington D.C., yesterday. I’m still pretty tired and my body is sore (intercessory prayer is no joke!), but feeling tremendously blessed that I was able to take part in such a powerful time of intercessory prayer for our nation.
The event’s tagline was “Prepare Like Esther, Arise Like Deborah.” Since I have been writing about identity, it got me thinking about who I currently “identify” with in the Bible. I don’t believe I have ever identified with just a single person. The person, or story, I am drawn to has a lot to do with where I am in my journey/relationship with God and what I might be going through at that time.
Day before yesterday I shared about Gideon. I identified with him during a time when God had called me to do something that I knew I could not do in my own strength, and the Lord used Gideon’s story to help me to trust Him more, and to overcome fear.
I have identified with Martha…getting wrapped up in all of the things that needed to be done, yet being called to focus on the one thing that was truly needed. Thankfully, I have also identified with her sister, Mary.
As I give it intentional thought, I realize that I have, at one time or another, identified with many people in the Bible – both male and female.
Currently, I tend to waver between Jeremiah (the Weeping Prophet) and Paul. Oftentimes, I can see the potential in a person or situation. I will catch a glimpse, or an impression, of what can be, in Christ…even when that potential has not been realized, yet. And sometimes I can see potential danger that lies ahead if warnings are not heeded. There is often a heaviness that comes with this that is almost unbearable. This is where intercessory prayer, and waiting on the Lord, comes in. But it is also where I get to see the Holy Spirit move…and that just spurs me on to continue to contend for the faith!
So, how about you? Is there a person, or story, in the Word that you currently identify with? Feel free to share in the comments below!
Have a beautifully blessed day! See you, tomorrow!