The Lord Jesus Christ lives inside of us. This seems to be a forgotten piece of the gospel in our time. When we realize this, that Jesus lives inside of us to will and to work, not a theology or intellectually, but in reality, many things change and our source of life and strength is dramatically altered.
The common view of today’s Christian is that God is in Heaven sending down commandments to earth for you and I to obey. According to this view, we are subject to obey the commands of Christ as law. Like “love thy neighbor as thyself”, “do not judge”, etc. But we come to the constant realization that we cannot love our neighbors, or not judge others on our own accord. The sooner this is realized, the sooner we will find freedom from our own self-condemnation that comes from constant failure to live up to a “standard” of living. Jesus Christ is not the one condemning us when we fail, the enemy is and we are.
The glory of the gospel of Christ is that once we repent and believe on the name of Christ, He comes to dwell inside of us. Paul the Apostle said over and over again, “not I, but Christ” (Gal. 2:20) and “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). So living the Christian life isn’t about doing our best to obey a set of rules or morals, but instead to live by Christ’s life.
“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.” (John 6:56)
So Christ Jesus is our source of life. He is our faith, our peace, our strength. I don’t believe that He gives us strength of our own, instead He demonstrates His strength through us…to the praise of His glory. I don’t believe He gives us peace, as though it is some separate thing, but He gives us Himself as our peace. So strength and peace are a Person–the Lord Jesus Christ.
So ask the Father, not for strength or peace or things, but ask Him for His Son. That He would grow larger within us.