The Prayer of Commitment
Is this your story?
You work with the youth in your church. You have been set apart or consecrated to do the work. You are prepared, you have instructions and you have ability.
But you have the hardest time being on-time to any of the meetings, you don't pray with any consistency for the youth and you never seek the Lord for His will for them. You are content to "Google" for pre-packaged youth activities and call it a day.
You are in the choir but, you don't get along with the new choir director. You don't like the songs that are picked and you feel there are better songs the choir could sing, but the director never listens to your suggestions. You talk to a fellow choir member, but they just don't see things your way either.
You have consecrated yourself to sing in the choir. You know it is the will of the Lord so you stay in the choir. You want to be obedient but you don't know how much longer you can put up with the director.
What is the Problem?
There is definitely a problem You know that you should do better, you try, but it just isn't' working.
You've told the Lord, "Not my will, but thine be done". You said, "I give you my life, my heart, my soul, my mind, my everything. I will go where you want me to go, I will do what you want me to do and I will say what you want me to say."
You meant every word of that declaration at the time you said it. So, why can't you do better? What is the problem?
When faced with a difficult situation, the tendency of believers is to blame the devil. Now granted, the devil is feeding the situation, by the devil is not the problem; the problem is with you.
You can't do better because you are not fully committed. As raw as that may sound to your ears, it is as true as it can be. "But.." you say, "I am committed! The Lord knows my heart and my heart is right!" Absolutely, the Lord does know your heart but, your heart is not right.
"For ye are yet carnal: for whereas [there is] among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?" 1Corinthians 3:3
When you are committed you fight the good fight of faith, you discipline your body and your soul. You practice the Word of God so you are able to recognize the devil when he is the problem.
"(For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)" 2Corinthians 10:4
Commitment is as Commitment Does
When you are truly committed to something, you have no problems following the rules, policies and or procedures.
In other words commitment means arriving early and staying late, it means praying for those you dislike, and it means examining your own heart to ensure that you are walking uprightly before the Lord. It means living at the edge of your own abilities so that God can manifest Himself through your life.
The Prayer of Commitment is the prayer that says, "Lord, whatever you would have me do, I will do. I will do it with my whole heart, my whole mind and my whole soul. Whatever it is Lord, I will give it my 100%!"
Not a very long or involved prayer, but a most powerful one.
I never wanted to teach school, but the Lord laid it upon my heart that this was His will for me. I was already determined that my life would be a testament to the Lord so when the assignment to teach dropped into my spirit, I didn't like it, my mind didn't want to do it and neither did my flesh.
But, I chose to put my preferences and attitudes under the blood and, commit to the will of God with my whole self.
Facts of The Prayer of Commitment
- The Prayer of Commitment is a prayer of dedication. It says all that I have is yours to do what you will. I will not hold back or change my mind. 100% is what I give unto you.
- The Prayer of Commitment is the prayer that puts the teeth in your faith walk. Without commitment, we are wishy-washy and unstable in our walk with God.
- The Prayer of Commitment engages your will and makes you stand on the Word of God in spite of what may be happening all around you. It is an anchor to your faith for your body and your soul.
- The Prayer of Commitment is the prayer that causes you to answer the call of ministry on your life as opposed to following a different career path.
- The Prayer of Commitment is the prayer that builds stamina in your spirit and strength in your soul.
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." Galatians 5:1
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But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." 1 Corinthians 9:27
Paul is telling us that if we are to be an example of what we preach, we must discipline our flesh and our will to obey the Word of God. If we do not, than people will not take our message seriously. They will "cast" it away and move onto something else.
When we are committed to the Lord, our lives ought to look like it. The Prayer of Commitment will help us to reach this goal.
Don't get confused, none of us are as committed as we want to be. It is a daily, confession and a daily work. I can operate as one fully committed today and tomorrow look like a "hot mess". The intent of our heart, the intent of my heart is the manifestation of a fully committed life.
Success to keeping a commitment comes from bringing every part of you into submission to that commitment.
This means you not only commit your spirit, but you commit your mind, your emotions, your will, your intellect, your body, your desires, your hopes, your dreams and so on and so on.
Praying the Prayer of Commitment means taking time and verbally committing all of you to the service of the Lord.
You will find that this in-depth prayer will make it easier for you to walk by faith. Forgiveness will flow from you more swiftly. God's Word will quicken within you and you will move with more of the confident assurance that our Lord desires for you.
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