The Prayer of Commitment, or The prayer of casting your cares upon the Lord
This prayer can help you commit yourself and all the worries of this world to Jesus Christ…and then receive peace as a result.
Mark 4:18-19 NKJV
Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
The cares of this world. They are the cares of the world. They are not your cares. Don’t receive them. Don’t receive bad news. When you hear bad news don’t automatically think that news is for you. You are in the world but not part of it. If you receive those cares and worries, it will choke the Word of God that you have been hearing and receiving. It will hinder the power of God in your life.
If you will practice what I am about to share with you, this will be the last day you will ever have a worried thought. You can commit yourself and all the cares and worries of your mind to Him and enjoy divine peace.
God is vehemently against worry. It does not produce anything but stress, strain and death. Jesus preached against it. Paul preached against it. The whole Bible is against worry because satan designed it.
Yet many of us still act as if it’s an option, as if we are free to worry if we want to. But we are not. Worry is a sin. It’s one of those things the Word of God directly commands us not to do.
You need to take Philippians 4:6-7 as a command.
Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The Amplified Bible says, “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything.”
1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Giving your worries and burdens to the Lord is a form of humbling yourself. When you do then God can exalt over that situation.
Don’t give 75 percent of your care. Everything but your kids or everything but your finances. All your care.
1 Peter 5:6-7 AMPC
6 Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,
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.
Your confession every morning should be, “I do not have a care, because it has been cast over on my Lord.”
Cast out every worried thought that would trample its way into your thinking. Roll it over onto Him.
Watch out for this thought when you give your care to the Lord, “It is irresponsible of you not to worry”. The most responsible thing you can do as a believer is to give your worries to the Lord.
If you can’t help worrying, then remember, worrying can’t help you either.
That’s what we need to do with our worries. We must cast them over on the Lord and not take them back!
If satan brings a worried thought to your mind, saying, “What if this terrible thing happens”, then you can tell him to talk to God about it. It is in His hands, not yours!
Once you do that, changes will start to take place in your life. Problems you’ve been fretting about for years will start being solved. You will no longer be tying God’s hands with your worrying. His power can begin to operate because you’ve acted in faith and cast your cares on Him!
Many people want God to supernaturally remove their worry. But that’s not the way to get the peace of God. God will not take your cares away from you. You have to give them to Him.
God’s peace comes by acting on His Word that says to cast all of your worry and anxiety over on Him. And then you must replace those thoughts with the Word. The following Scripture in Philippians tells us what to think on.
Philippians 4:8 NKJV
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.
You are the one who must control your mind. The Word says the peace of God will garrison and mount guard over your heart and mind (Philippians 4:7, The Amplified Bible).
You are going to have to do something. You must keep your thoughts under control. Peace comes when you let go and let God.
Matthew 6:25-34 NLT
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?
27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.
30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’
32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of Godabove all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Ps. Lester Holland