Pastor Jeff Dueck

Pastor Jeff Dueck

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Day 18: No Longer Slaves

When Jesus modeled prayer for us, He began by saying, “Our Father…”

Nothing will truly make sense in our relationship with God or in the circumstances we face until we get our identity right. When we put our faith in what God’s word says, it empowers us to live in the truth – and the truth will set us free (John 8:32). When we spend time declaring and believing the truth of Scripture about who God is and who He says we are, we won’t fall into the pattern of the world’s thinking but will be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2).

Worship and prayer can be powerful expressions that infuse our God-given identity into the way we live. The songs we sing and the prayers of our confession can embolden us to walk in the power of what He’s done for us. In your prayer time each day, take time to thank God for who He is and believe again in the new identity He has for you.

As you watch and listen to “No Longer Slaves”, take a moment to pray and to reflect on these verses and read how Scripture confirms our identity in Christ:

I am a child of God, safe and secure, forever in His family.

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. (1 John 3:1)

I am no longer a slave to sin.

We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (Romans 6:6)

I can live free from fear because of God’s love.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. (1 John 4:18)

I can have victory in this life because I have a new identity in Christ.

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (1 John 5:4)

Do you believe these declarations? Take time to thank God for adopting you into His family. “I’m no longer a slave to fear – I am a child of God!”


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Day 13: Every Need

As I go to God in prayer, one of the things I’m told to pray for is that my needs will be met. Jesus instructs us to ask, each day, that God would provide “our daily bread” (Luke 11:3).

Later in the Bible, the Apostle Paul shares his own personal experience with how God has met his needs. Philippians 4 is an epic passage that reveals some powerful truths about how we can find satisfaction for our every need. For example, we’re told to not be anxious about anything, but “in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). And many of us are familiar with the promise found further into the chapter, where Paul writes, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19).

I’ll never forget when our Senior Pastor spent time with these verses a year or so back. I was wrestling with how God meets our needs and answers our requests. What does it mean that God would meet all my needs? I’d seen people “holier that me” have prayers and requests go un-granted. There had been times in my own life where I felt disappointed with God saying “no”, or “not yet”. What are these “riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” the Bible is talking about? That’s when Pastor Jarrod made the connection for me, and it changed my prayer life forever.

You see there’s a “secret” Paul mentions between verse 6 and verse 19. It reads like this:

I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:12-13)

How can I know that my needs will be met when I go to God in prayer? What is Paul’s “secret” for facing time of plenty, hunger, abundance and need? The secret is this: living through “Him” who strengthens me.

When I can see how Jesus Himself is my ultimate need in any and every circumstance, He Himself will be the satisfaction of my every need.

Christ, HIMSELF, will be the answer in every need. HE will be enough. Financially, practically, emotionally, spiritually, physically, in the most trivial situations and for all eternity, in our pursuit of meaning, in our frustrations with circumstances… somehow Christ HIMSELF will be enough to give me strength to handle these needs. It’s not that the riches and the blessing and the answers are separate from Jesus. It’s that they find their place and priority only in the light of Jesus being everything to me. It’s the only ultimate truth that could truly satisfy our souls: HE will meet every need according to God’s glorious riches IN Christ Jesus.

Now when I pray, in times of financial need or personal struggle, when I feel lonely or defeated or need provision for strength throughout the day, I begin by asking for Jesus to be enough for me. That those very real and very particular needs would be satisfied first and foremost by a greater understanding of Jesus in my life and at work in my circumstances. My prayer is now that Jesus would be glorified and that I would find satisfaction in Him and in having Him as my greatest treasure and the ultimate answer in every need.

There’s a worship song we’ve done at Grace that I still sing in private times of prayer with God. It’s called “Everything”, performed by Tim Hughes, and it’s my prayer today:

God in my living, there in my breathing
God in my waking, God in my sleeping
God in my resting, there in my working
God in my thinking, God in my speaking
Be my everything, Be my everything
Be my everything, Be my everything

God in my hoping, there in my dreaming
God in my watching, God in my waiting
God in my laughing, there in my weeping
God in my hurting, God in my healing
Be my everything, Be my everything
Be my everything, Be my everything

Christ in me, Christ in me, Christ in me the hope of glory

You are everything


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Day 4: Songs of Prayer

The entire book of Psalms is full of people relating to God through music. If you’ve never used music in your time with the Lord, you’re missing out! Today Pastor Jeff shares how music can be an integral part of our relationship with God.

Here are the full lyrics to this powerful song of prayer:

ALWAYS YOURS
King of kings and Lord of lords, I worship You
Capture my heart, my mind, my words, and all that I do
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, in my life today

-Chorus-
You are God, I am not
You are Lord of the life that You have bought
With Your blood, I am free
But always Yours, I will be – always Yours

Who am I, that You should be mindful of me
Humbled and lowly, yet I see I’m crowned with Your glory
May You alone be lifted high in My life today


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