Why the Resurrection Should Impact Our Everyday
By Katie Stone
Have you ever considered how pointless reading the Word of God or prayer would be if Christ did not rise from the dead? If Christ did not rise, we would have no ability to directly come and talk to God.
Before Christ’s resurrection, only a specific person, on a specific day, under specific circumstances could enter the presence of God. Now, because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, those of us who put our faith in Christ can kneel in our living room and talk to the living God. Having a daily quiet time is not something we do for God. Rather it is God’s gift to us.
Our faith hinges on the resurrection of Christ, and so we should celebrate it every single day. Here are three practical ways we can do this.
1. Confess Your Sin
You also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (Colossians 2:12-14 NKJV)
At His death, Jesus nailed our sin to the cross and forgave us. At His resurrection, Jesus triumphed over the power of sin and gave us His life to live in freedom from sin’s bondage.
We celebrate the resurrection when we confess our sin to God and accept His forgiveness. We celebrate the resurrection when we receive His grace to walk in victory over sin. Use your quiet time to daily confess any sin, receive the gift of forgiveness, and ask for grace to walk in freedom and victory.
2. Intentionally Praise the Lord
Praise God daily for triumphing over sin, death, and Satan through His resurrection!
Praise Him for He is alive and seated at the right hand of the Father!
Praise Him that Christ now lives in us!
There are many ways we can practically praise the Lord during our quiet time. I personally love declaring praise to God as I pray. I also enjoy listening to worship music that highlights the resurrection and power of God before beginning my quiet time. But praise can also be done as we read Scripture or do the dishes, with a pen and journal, or with singing.
3. Pray with Authority
Paul prayed that the Ephesian church would know “what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body.” (Ephesians 1:19-23 NKJV, emphasis mine)
All things are under the feet of Jesus. He has all power and all authority over all things, including us and our enemy. His power and authority was demonstrated when He rose—triumphing even over death.
This passage also says we are Christ’s body. If all things are under Christ’s feet, that means all things are also under our feet as long as we remain in submission to Jesus. The resurrection gives us the ability to pray with confidence in the power of our God and authority to resist our enemy.
Since the stone rolled away from the tomb, Satan has tried to convince people that the resurrection of Jesus never actually happened. He doesn’t want us to believe that Christ rose because that means he is defeated. He has no power over the children of God anymore.
So, we celebrate the resurrection when we pray with confidence and authority over our enemy, knowing that we are Christ’s and Christ has defeated sin, death, and Satan.
Let’s begin celebrating the fact that Jesus is alive every single day!
- Celebrate the resurrection by confessing your sin and receiving God’s forgiveness and grace.
- Celebrate the resurrection by praising God daily for triumphing over sin, death, and Satan.
- Celebrate the resurrection by praying with confidence and authority over our enemy.
About Katie: Loves an urban cafe as much as the smell of campfire and pine. Works in communications while studying business and non-fiction writing, and is most happy when leading worship and discipling others.