Real relationships aren’t built on illusions; they’re built on the reality of life. Oftentimes though, many of us are guilty of projecting the perfect Christian mask, and by doing so, others never get the chance to know who we really are.
In a dramatic turn, our “masks” become obstacles to community, friendship, and freedom. That’s why the Bible calls us higher.
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. (James 5:16)
Scripture invites us to confess our sins to one another so that we can invite others into our world, and the reality of our world is that we all struggle. Everyday, we walk through temptation, weakness, or doubt, and our fear of letting people see beyond the mask denies us the connection we desperately crave.
Think of it this way, our closest friends know the most about us, yet love us anyway. When we are around them, we feel no compulsion to pretend. We find ourselves living authentically in their presence.
It’s this healthy authenticity to confess our sins, expose our doubts, and allow people to see into our reality that is going to help our church grow both deep and wide.
Jesus did not come to train a generation of actors but to transform people to live authentically in the world, and living authentically is the freedom to be known exactly as we are—strengths and weaknesses rolled into one.
This authentic vision is what we want to define our church, so as we continue praying and fasting for our best year yet, here’s some ways you can pray for our church to embrace authenticity in 2018 and beyond.
- Pray for strong, thriving, and healthy Lifegroups and Lifeteams across all our campuses.
- Pray for the courage and humility to live out James 5:16.
- Pray for authentic community to be a hallmark of our church and our lives.
- Pray for an anointing on our church to pray with great power and wonderful results.