Father God, I thank You that You are the Creator of both man and woman. I recognize man was formed by Your hand and life breathed into him. You said it was not good for him to be alone so You created woman to help and complete him. Woman was fashioned from a rib of man, from his side close to his heart, a design of intimacy. You blessed man and woman. You gave them a calling to fulfill together. They were created in Your image God, set apart from all other creation, and You said they were good. Genesis 1:26-28; Genesis 2:7-25
I recognize that Satan came against the beauty of Your creation woman, the one who would be the carrier of new life for all future men and women Gen 3:20. Satan twisted the truth of God’s words and lied about God’s intentions. From the sin of agreeing with Satan’s lies and disobeying God’s instructions, evil entered humankind. From that time division, doubt and distrust came between man and woman, and between them and You God. What You designed for woman to complete man, now became a competition. What was intended to be a union, two operating as one, each carrying the image and glory of God in their maleness and femaleness, became a game of shame. Genesis 3:10-19 Men and women have continued in sin today by hiding their hearts, distrusting the other’s intentions, doubting the goodness of their design, and competing with one another for control (pause to recognize how this has affected you personally).
Thank you for sending Jesus, to be our Savior and Lord. Thank you for the victory He achieved over sin, death and the evil one. Thank you that He came to bear our shame and restore what the enemy stole, intimacy with God and with one another. Because of Christ Jesus, we can be one in Him and with one another by His Spirit. 1 Corinthians 15:56-58; John 17:20-23
Lord God, forgive me for believing lies about women as less important or less valuable than men. I choose to forgive men who modeled or taught domination of women through control, instead of empowering me in my God-given gifts. Forgive me where I have judged men, cursed them with my words, used my sexuality to manipulate them, or competed against them instead of empowering them in their God-given design as sons of God. Forgive me where I have stayed silent when You asked me to speak. Forgive me for limiting You in my life, and not using my spiritual gifts as You have called me. Forgive me for giving into a bondage of slavery or idolatry to men, sex or religion instead of living in true worship to You as a daughter of the Most High God. 2 Corinthians 6:16-18
Jesus, You came to proclaim good news, to set the captives free. Set Your daughter free now from any area of my life where I have been captive (my gifts, voice, work, ministry, calling). Cut me free from bondage to any person or schemes of the enemy. By the precious blood of Jesus cancel any curse words spoken over me that labeled or limited my value or God-given identity as a woman. Enable me to forgive those who modeled or taught me, out of their own woundedness, to devalue myself as a woman, to devalue men, or to elevate either men or women above the other. Isaiah 61
Father God thank You for designing me to be an equal heir in Your Kingdom, as one who completes and empowers her brothers and sisters in Christ. I take my stand now in my design as a woman and valuable member of the body of Christ, partnering to prepare the Bride of Christ for His return. Gal. 3:26-29 In Jesus name Amen.