My dear Lord Jesus, I come to you now to be restored in you—to renew my place in you, my allegiance to you, and to receive from you all the grace and mercy I so desperately need this day. I honor you as my sovereign Lord, and I surrender every aspect of my life totally and completely to you.
I give you my body as a living sacrifice; I give you my soul and my spirit as well. I cover myself with your blood—my spirit, my soul and my body. And I ask your Holy Spirit to restore my union with you, seal me in you, and guide me in this time of prayer.
Just in this first paragraph what exactly is meant by the words 'restored' and 'renew my place in you'?
If we are to be restored then does that mean that we had to have been there before?
In Psalm 139:13-16 it is written:
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
15 But when God, who set me apart from birth...
1 Listen to me, you islands;
hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the LORD called me;
from my birth he has made mention of my name.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the
world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons
through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—
And finally Romans 8:29
29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed
to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn
among many brothers.
What does it mean For those God foreknew...If we are restored then were we with God in the spiritual realm before we were formed in our mother's womb? When we accept Jesus as savior and we are sealed with the Holy Spirit, are we in fact being restored to the place where we once were, which is in Christ?
This is only the first paragraph of a two and half page prayer! Do you now see that this prayer is full of the truth of the Word.
It covers from before we were born, our salvation when we accept Jesus, and it reveals the power of the crucifixion, the resurrection, the ascension, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, plus the blessings of God.
Once you begin to pray this prayer over yourself and your family God will open your spiritual eyes to the truths revealed through his word.
2nd. Sentence of Prayer
I honor you as my sovereign Lord, and I surrender every aspect of my life totally and completely to you. I give you my body as a living sacrifice; I give you my soul and my spirit as well.
I cover myself with your blood-my spirit, my soul and my body. And I ask your Holy Spirit to restore my union with you, seal me in you, and guide me in this time of prayer.
God is Sovereign.-- Sovereign means King, Lord, Master over everything, in control, independent; or to boil it all down it means Supreme Authority.
God then is the Supreme Authority. He is the One and Only God who created the heavens and the earth.
He created all that was created and owns it all. He is free to choose to do as he pleases with His creation.
(Psalms 103:19 NASB) The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all.
(Psalms 115:3 NASB) But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.
(Psalms 135:6 NASB) Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.
(1 Timothy 6:15 NASB) which He will bring about at the proper time-He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
(Genesis 15:2 NIV ) Abram-before he was called Abraham-calls God "O Soveriegn Lord"
(2nd Samuel 7:18 NIV) After the prophet Nathan tells David what the Lord had revealed to him about David's descendants being on the throne forever David prays to the Lord and declares his sovereignty many times
(Isaiah 61:1 NIV) The spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me…. This is the same verse Jesus used before he started his earthly ministry.
According the Bible, God is in control of everything, but how does that relate to us in our everyday lives?
We live in a society where we are taught from an early age that we must have good self-esteem. We must think highly of ourselves, and do our own thing. We learn that we can do anything we put our minds too and become anything we want to be. We need to spend a great deal of time in looking within to "find ourselves."
They tell us to grab onto life as you only go around once and to go for the gusto. Live, drink, and be merry; that's the motto of the day. Also, we hear, "if it feels good, then do it." Or, "it doesn't matter what you do as long as it doesn't hurt anyone." There are no absolutes. It's all about me!
We need to be entertained. We depend on ourselves. These attitudes lead to self-reliance, and pride.
As Christians we need to remember that we are in this world but not of this world. This is Satan's world. We need to be extra careful that we are not caught up in Satan's traps to get us to be self-indulgent and selfish. We need to control the desires for worldly pleasures.
We fool ourselves if we think we are in control, because God rules over everything, even our best laid plans.
When we realize that God is sovereign over everything we need to submit to God and surrender our lives totally to Him. When an enemy surrenders to his captors he totally gives up. He gives himself and all he has over to the captor to do with as he pleases.
That is how we are to surrender to God. This is an amazing lesson to learn.
Here is the best part. When we realize that God is in charge of everything we no longer have to worry and fret. Worry can't change anything!
This is only two sentences from this prayer, the entire prayer is 2 1/2 pages single spaced. As I continue to use it and study it I will be adding more.
WARNING This is not a magic prayer! You don't have to forward it to anybody, and it won't bring you ten million dollars if you recite it front-wards and backwards. It is just a prayer that will guide you in your daily devotions and I believe will encourage you to study the bible.
It takes about ten minutes to read through the prayer, if you think you don’t have time for that then consider getting up earlier. Your family deserves it.