- Ephesians (Chapters 1 to 6)
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There are different scriptural prayers for Christians to use on different occasions. They are…
- The prayer of Petition and Supplication
- The Prayer of Binding and Loosing
- The Prayer of Agreement
- United Prayer
- The Prayer of Thanksgiving and Praise
- The Prayer of Committal
- The Prayer of Dedication and Worship
Today we will look at the following types of prayer!
- The Prayer of Committal
For any situation you face as a Christian, God has a type of prayer you can pray to get through it. Through “The prayer of committal”, it can help you commit yourself and all the worries of this world to Jesus Christ…and then receive peace as a result.
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.
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; (v7) 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 says,
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, (v7) casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
Not 75 percent of your care. Not everything but your kids or everything but your finances. All your care.
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.
For example let’s say you were standing about 10m away from me and I tossed my car keys to you. If someone else were to come to me and say, “Ps. Lester, I need the keys to your car. I need to use it.” I would say, “I can’t help you. I cast my keys over on him. I don’t have them.”
I didn’t say the keys didn’t exist, or that he could not have them. I didn’t say I couldn’t get them back. If I went to get them, you would give them back to me. But if someone wants the car keys, they will have to talk to you because I cast them over on you.
That’s what we need to do with our cares. 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”, you can tell him to talk to God about it. It is in His hands, not yours!
Many people want God to supernaturally remove their worry. But that’s not the way to get the peace of God. God’s peace comes by acting on His Word that says to cast all of your worry and anxiety over on Him. 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.
2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV
Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV
casting down imaginations…
Some people think and tell you that they can’t quit worrying. They can! Anyone can stop worrying. 2 Corinthians 10:4 says the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but powerful through God to the pulling down of strongholds.
The strongholds of Satan are in the mind. He makes suggestions like, “It won’t work this time”, and “what if…” and, “But what about…”, “it’s working for so and so”.
The power of God begins to operate when you cast your care over on Him. As long as you worry about it, you only hinder the flow of His power and tie His hands.
Isaiah 26:3 NKJV
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
Meditate on these Scriptures above. As you give your attention to these scriptures, the Holy Spirit will reveal this truth to you and you will then be able to act on it!
Philippians 4:13 NKJV
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
You can do it. You don’t have to worry again. The Greater One dwells in you. He is able to put you over. Commit to it. You will never worry again.
- The Prayer of Dedication and Worship
The prayer of dedication and worship helps put your will in line with God’s perfect will.
Matthew 26:36-39 NKJV
Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
The prayer of dedication and worship holds a tremendous amount of power. We need to know how it works and when it is to be used. In the past, it has been misunderstood.
When the leper came to Jesus he said, “If you are willing, You can make me clean.” Jesus replied and said, …”I am willing; be cleansed” (Mark 1:40-41).
He knew Jesus had the power to clean him but he was not sure if it was His will. Then Jesus proved it to him by saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
Jesus already knew the Father’s will was healing. He did not have to pray, “If it be Thy will.” God’s will is to be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9-10). Heaven has no sickness.
The only time the word “if” would not be an expression of unbelief is in the prayer of dedication and worship. All other times, using the word “if” in prayer can create unbelief.
Praying for healing then, whether it be yours or someone else’s, is a prayer that changes things so do not use “If it be Thy will.” Unbelief hinders prayer.
Most people pray, “If it be Thy will,” thinking they are being humble. Actually, they are praying in ignorance of the Word of God.
The prayer of dedication is getting your will in line with God’s will to bring success into a situation. It joins you and God and aims you toward the same goal. So many times people are running in the opposite direction, hoping God is going to support their endeavors. You should get God involved with those endeavors before you ever move!
Don’t make plans and ask God to bless it. Find out what His plan is because it’s already blessed.
Never be afraid to yield your will to God. He wants you to succeed! His will is always to your advantage. It pays to obey God and His plan.
Proverbs 16:3 Amp
Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.
When you pray the prayer of dedication and live by it, you will experience the peace of God because you are truly trusting Him.