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A Prayer of Self-Dedication

Updated on September 30, 2010

Jesus and His Children

Oh Lord, as I come clamouring up into your arms
Oh Lord, as I come clamouring up into your arms

 

Oh Lord, as I come before you, clamouring up into your arms. As my soul comes before you uncluttered with defences; I am convicted in my heart of disrespect and dishonour. Father in heaven, you are so gracious towards all your creation and children – I ask, by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, Your Son, please forgive me. When I sin against one of yours, I sin against you, and I am sorry on both accounts. Forgive my iniquity oh Lord. Grant to me instead, oh God, of the bitterness and anger – a holy love, filled with the grace and truth of your love. I thank you for your mercy and grace Most Holy God.

Oh God, waken in my heart
Oh God, waken in my heart

 

Oh God, waken in my heart – the reality of you, so I may know your true being, your character, integrity – your attributes; the very you of you. Not just the external facts of you – but your heart – your being – I ask, oh Lord – with trembling – but so much desire, to let me know you! Not just “about” you – but you.

Even as I ask, I fear your pure holiness, and your immensity; but oh how I desire your true heart. Hold me tight in your love and mercy. That when you come close Lord I may not flee; that as my dark soul trembles in the light of your purity, Oh God, that it would instead be my darkness that crumbles and flees. And I would forever be changed by the beauty of your heart. I trust You Oh God. I trust myself to you; to your infinite mercy and unfathomable grace; to your unending love for those who reach out to you; who seek your face; who turn to you; abandoning all other gods – as they are false and untrue.

 

 

Oh God of all creation, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God of Jesus Christ of Nazareth – I seek you – your face – your being. Draw me indeed close to you Lord – hold me close to your heart – cleanse me of all unrighteousness – by the very fire of your purity.

Oh God, you would not turn away those who genuinely seek you, your love, your presence, your companionship, fellowship. I risk the sin of impropriety – I hold out my hand to you – I hold out my being – Lord, please receive it, and accept it. Although a humble and lowly gift – I ask please receive me into your bosom, your heart. The true gift would be your receiving, your acceptance. You even provided the way that I may even dare to come close and ask such a thing – the atoning blood of Jesus. Not on my merits or pureness, as I have none to offer – but on Jesus – I ask draw me close – receive me as a gift from Jesus – make me I ask one of your own and let me “know” you.

The Shorter Catechism

 

 

The supreme end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”

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      Prayerhub 3 years ago from Padova-Italy

      I love the direction you take, you praising and adoring the Lord all the days of your life is the Whole duty of men.

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you DeBorrah for joining me in the prayer of my heart. A prayer taht is not prayed just once but over and over again as God works His gracious eternity into my soul. Bless you as you seek His will and way for you in your life...Ulrike Grace

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Ulrike, Lovely prayer... Praise God! He truly is worthy!

      "Lord in all that we do let us continuously seek you above all else. Let our hearts and minds be focused on you as we encounter others and go about our various day to day accustomed duties. Make us ever mindful of your forever Presence in Jesus Name; HELP us to respond according to Your WILL & WAY!

      Thank you for sharing this inspiring heartfelt prayer, In HIS Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      Amen Cedar Cove Farm...it truly is all that counts...from that will come all else...Blessings to you

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      Cedar Cove Farm 7 years ago from Southern Missouri

      The Lord has convicted me through you, once again. May we all gaze upon the face of God.

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      heart4theword, your comments are kind, thank you. It is only by the grace of God that we can know anything about Him! And that even our hearts are even turned Him. Blessings

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Thank you so much, I loved your writing from the heart:) To know the heart of God! Awesome Writing:) So glad I read this, you truly blessed my heart!

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Saint...your words of encouragement mean a lot to me...looking forward to reading fresh words of life that our Lord has filtering through you as well...

      Blessings my brother

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      Saintatlarge 7 years ago from Canada

      Blessings for opening your heart and sharing the depths of your soul and spirit! The willingness to always remain humble is the crux of our spiritual life.

      If the "Supreme end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever".

      Then the "Supreme end of God is to assist us in procreating heaven so that he can enjoy us forever".

      A pleasure to have met you on hubpages. St.L

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      bayoulady, thank you for joining and giving of your heart to read. Blessings to you...the impropriety, I agree, would not be in the reaching but through whom we would reach...in and of myself I am not worthy...but Jesus has made me so!!! and all who would come in His name to the Father. Thank you for your kind and uplifting comment...

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      Oh rls...what an encouragement and treasure you are to the Body of Christ...thank you for this word and the "little" theology...'smile'...we need to hear this all the time and yet have a soft and humble heart knowing it is only by the grace and faithfulness of our Father that any of these things are possible. Love you my brother...

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      Quill! Only in the encouragement and love of the Lord are we able to grow...thank you for your enthusiastic and encouraging response...brought tears to my eyes...God is truly so good and faithful as He puts such godly and faithful brothers and sisters in our lives, who love God with as much energy and commit as they possibly can. Blessings to you my brother...

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      coffeesnob...when we agree together...and we have the confidence that Father reads and knows our hearts...May He continue to make them soft and pliable towards His will and life...thanks for sharing...love you

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      Vladimir Uhri, Blessings to you, thank you for sharing in this read...Ulrike Grace

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Beautifully written! (I personally feel there is no sin of impropriety to reach for our FATHER in love and adoration.I feel that it is actually His heart's desire .)

      Glad I found you on hubpages!

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      rls4immanuel 7 years ago

      Ulrike Grace I do feel the desire and longing of your heart toward our Father in your words. They are indeed very beautiful and challenging to us all as to the desires of our hearts. If I could encourage you with a "little" theology: In Jesus Christ, God the Father is perfectly pleased with you and you have full access to all the blessings of His awesome, holy, mercifull, strong and loving presence. In Jesus all Father's promises are "yes and amen!"

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Hi Sister Ulrike... now this is a "WOW" hub... very well done as I see you drawing closer to Him daily, my how you have grown.

      Blessings and special hugs

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      coffeesnob 7 years ago

      UlrikeGrace

      Amen! Beautiful and heartfelt prayer....This is my prayer too: Jesus I want all of you.

      More love, more power more of You in my life.

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      Vladimir Uhri 7 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Thanks. Not once I washed feet of people, with the tears.

      Oh, Lord, we do love you.