Psalm 34:5 “Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”
Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
The difficulty with shame is that it encompasses such a wide range of emotions that it can be difficult to define. Embarrassment, humiliation, not good enough, insecurities, failure, feeling unqualified, the list could be long. Once we can identify the triggers and the source of those emotions we realize how much emotional space it takes up.
In her book, Unashamed Christine Caine says, “The enemy knows that if he can cause us to hide ourselves – who God made us to be- that it also causes us to lose sight of our identity in God as his image-bearers. Then, because our view of ourselves has been diminished we shrink from stepping into the destiny God created for us.”
- Bring any secrets of shame into the light of God’s presence so they can lose their power over you. Pray, name them out loud, and then clothe yourself in God’s truth. Put off shame and put on Christ. Read this verse before you pray:
Ephesians 5:8-13 “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.”
He can only heal what we reveal. Trust Jesus with your pain and he will gently heal you, he will never shame or humiliate you because he is good, merciful and kind. He paid for all your guilt, pain, and shame at the cross. Be confident that God will be faithful to lead you to complete freedom so you can live unashamed.
- Pray for a friend or family member who you see caught in a cycle of shame.
- Paul makes a bold declaration in Romans 1:16 when he says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” Make that declaration over your own life today. Think of a situation where it might seem risky to share the gospel or talk about Jesus and ask God to give you the courage, strength and words to share the reason for the hope you have in Christ as you share your faith.
Julianne August, Prayer Catalyst