The Prayer of Consecration by Pastor Segun Obadje
The Leverage Devotional
By Pastor Segun Obadje Ph.D
Thursday, June 17, 2021
The Prayer of Consecration
Matthew 26:39; Luke 11:2.
Matthew 26:39 “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
The prayer of consecration is a prayer of yieldedness, the prayer of devotion and surrender to the will of God. It is vital for every believer to pray the prayer of consecration. God has a will, and He has a will for every believer. The will of God for us is bigger than what we have knowledge of at the moment, and far better that whatever we may ever choose or will for ourselves, and as such, the prayer of consecration is the prayer of yielding to the Lord and saying “Father, in the Name of Jesus Christ, wherever you want me to go, I will go. Whatever you want me to do, I will do.” That means it is the only prayer that includes ‘if’. You don’t use ‘if’ for other prayers because you already know the will of God, but when it comes to God’s will for the future, His plan for the future, your response should be, “Lord, I’m available, I’m yielded to you; whatever you want me to do, I will do.” You are praying the prayer of consecration. Jesus the Lord prayed this prayer thrice, in the garden of Gethsemane: “Father, if it is possible, just take this cup away from me…” The will of the Father for Him was to die on the cross. Now, He knew the will of God, but He did not want to die because death is not a good thing but thank God He prayed the prayer of consecration. Jesus Christ had to yield to the Father’s will. Hence, through the prayer of consecration we yield to the will of God.
When your flesh is standing in the way of the will of God for you, when your flesh is kicking against you doing the will of God, what do you do? You pray the prayer of consecration. Peradventure you don’t know the will of God as to a matter, pray the prayer of consecration. Like Jesus, let your response be, “…nevertheless, not my will but thy will be done.” Your flesh will always want comfort, yet the will of God will mostly demand more from you than your body is willing to offer, you will need to put your body under. Thank God Jesus prayed that prayer of consecration in order that He might do the will of the Father. Today, we stand to enjoy everything that He’s made available to us through His death on the cross. In Luke 11:2, Jesus taught His disciples to pray in this manner: “…thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” So, you pray the prayer of consecration, submitting and yielding yourself to the will of God. It’s a beautiful thing when you are yielded to God’s will; anytime God says, move, you move; anytime God says, stand up, you stand up. Whatever He requires of you, you’re ready to do. The prayer of consecration gets you ready and fit to do the will of God at any time. Yield yourself to God, let the Spirit of God have you. Remember, you pray the prayer of consecration when you don’t know the will of God and also when you know the will of God, but your flesh is saying no, but your heart is longing for God. Understand that the will of God is the best for you, and it is in your best interest! Nothing can be or is better than the will of God for you!
My Solid Front (Confession): Heavenly Father, I thank You for revealing Your will to me. I hereby embrace Your will completely and willingly in Jesus’ Name!
Further Meditation: Matthew 26:39-44; Hebrews 10:5-9.
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