Thank God, for the privilege of prayer. For communing with the creator of the universe and the lover of our souls. I suppose God could have done anything He wanted to do. Perhaps, He could have chosen to be unapproachable, but He didn’t!
How marvelous it is that the creator has invited us to draw near to Him. Isn’t it wonderful that we can draw near to Him in time of trouble? And much more importantly, the Bible says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4: 16).
I’ve started this series some time ago. Back then I shared “How to Pray,” and “The Prayer of Petition.” Today we will be discussing the “Prayer of Consecration and Dedication!”
There is a prayer where we do say, “If it be Thy will.” The prayer of Consecration is patterned after the only prayer in the Bible where those words are used. It is Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26: 39).
When we approach God about guidance for our lives, “If it be thy will,” is an underlying premise of our approach. For instance, it is not written in the Bible whether God wants you to go to China as a missionary. It is not written in the Bible that God wants Stephen Prescod to start a Church in the City of Schertz Texas. Such things are learned in times of prayer and communion with God wherein we consecrate and dedicate to go where He wants us to go, to do what He wants us to do, to say what He wants us to say. And in these prayers we pray as our Lord did, “Not as I will, but as You will.”
Now we are going to move on to The Prayer of Commitment. A revelation I had to have in the area of prayer was regarding worry. I used to worry about what was going to become of my life. So where there was worry there was no faith.
The inevitable law of faith is, “According to your faith, be it unto you” (Matthew 9: 29). I can pray until I turn purple and nothing will “be unto me,” except “according to my faith.” If I am wavering, I am not in faith.
1 PETER 5: 7
7 Casting all your care upon Him: for He careth for you.
1 PETER 5: 7 (AMP)
7 casting the whole of your care – all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all – on Him; for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
What a blessing it is that we can cast our cares upon the Lord in prayer.
PHILIPPIANS 4: 6 (KJV)
6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.
PHILIPPIANS 4: 6 (AMP)
6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition (definite requests) with thanksgiving continue to make your wants known to God.
I am going to go ahead and stop here for today, but we will continue this lesson next time.
Word for Today: "Less is More"
One of the most frequently overlooked communication mistakes leaders make is the tendency to “Over Communicate.” Over-communication is communication that lacks focus. Some communicators may sound like an entire newspaper instead of an article focused on a subject. They say a great deal about everything, but when they finish, people would ask, what was the point? When leaders communicate, “Less is Often More.” Maybe that’s why the Book of Proverbs says, “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” My question for you today is, “Are you making the leadership mistake of “Over- Communicating?”
Would you like to communicate in a way that make things happen? It’s true if you want to be an effective leader to get others to take action, your conversation should have two goals: to motive and give directions. If you just inspire people, they may get excited but won’t know which way to go. On the other hand, mere instructions probably won’t stir them to follow your lead. But when you combine the two, people will move forward. That means you must speak to the heads and hearts. That’s why the Bible is so effective. It is full of practical direction and inspiration.