(Excerpt from Power Prayers for the Graduate, Barbour Publishing, Inc., 2009)

God, I realize that names must be pretty important—an angel came and told Jesus’ mother what to name him and the same thing with his cousin, John the Baptist.

You have many names in the Bible and they all tell me something about Who you are. You are powerful, protective, and my provider. I call your name and you rescue me.

Help me to live my life so that I can bring honor to your name. So many people call themselves Christians, but their lifestyle doesn’t reflect a life lived like Christ. Help me to be a genuine reflection of You.



I Am God’s Child

(Excerpt from Power Prayers for the Graduate, Barbour Publishing, Inc., 2009)


Jesus, thank You for making the way for me to belong to your family. Everyone who accepts you and believes in you has the right to become a child of God. I am born of God—not as a natural birth, but a spiritual birth. You are my example and I will do my best to follow in your footsteps. I want to be like you. I want to have the same character and nature of our Heavenly Father.[1] I accept that right and receive your gift to be included in the greatest family of all eternity. My spirit is alive to God.

The Spirit of God,

who raised Jesus from the dead,

lives in you.

Romans 8:11 NLT

[1] John 1:12

The Power of Who I am in Christ

(Excerpt from Power Prayers for the Graduate, Barbour Publishing, Inc., 2009)

One recent graduate who had not yet decided if she was ready to hit the job market, prepared for the onslaught of questions for “back-to-school” night at her daughter’s elementary school. She had cleverly ordered business cards that read: Julie Stout, Domestic Engineer with her home phone and address, cell phone and email address.

The way we think of ourselves has everything to do with how the world sees us. When you look in the mirror, you see a graduate—but what kind of graduate? Are you confident, shy, easily intimidated or ready to take on the world? Graduate doesn’t really tell the world who you are but more that you are transitioning to the next step in your life.

When you meet someone, the first question you’re asked after your name is “…and what do you do?”

We define each other by what we do rather than who we are.

Often our occupations define us to others instead of our commitment to Christ.

Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” The disciples replied from different perspectives from various people, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” Then Jesus pointed the question at them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”[1]

Peter recognized Jesus because He had become who God desired him to be. They saw God when they saw Jesus. He said and did what the Father told him to do and say. He lived in the power of who God created him to be.

At some point in your life you were probably introduced to someone based on your relationship with someone else—Annie’s sister, Professor Vance’s student, or Rich’s friend. Now, imagine if you were introduced to others based on your relationship with God. This is God’s child, Stephen. He’s the spitting image of his Heavenly Father—so strong and courageous. Or, c’mon over and meet Shelley, she so compassionate, just like Christ!

As a Christian your relationships with God should be the foundation of your personal identity. The only way to find out who you really are and who you are meant to become, is to discover God’s identity and the character that goes along with that identity.

Ephesians 5:1 says, Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children (niv). Throughout the Bible you read the truth of who God is and how he relates to you. You can find yourself within the pages that describe His character, His morals, His values, His work ethic—His identity. As you spend time in prayer with Him you will experience His presence and a personal relationship with Him.

The amazing power of who you are in Christ provides you with everything you need to succeed. When you are weak; he is strong. He has made you more than a conquerer, an overcomer in this life. No matter what battles you face—you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.