March 30: The Prayers of Petition and Consecration
In this week’s teaching we look at two types of Prayer.
The Prayer of Petition, which is to change things and situations, never people. It is a prayer that is made in Faith because it is based upon the promises of God covering the situation that you are bringing before him. It is a confident, heartfelt prayer that is prayed with a confident expectation of a result. This form of prayer requires a knowledge of God’s will, as revealed in his word, for the life of his children in this earth.
The Prayer of Consecration, or Dedication, which is the only form of Prayer where the phrase “If it be your will!” is ever used. The example we have from Jesus’ own life is the prayer he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before he faced torture, beatings, crucifixion and death as an innocent man. This kind of prayer would be prayed by someone dedicating their life to the service of God and his people; such as: “Father I dedicate my life to your service and if it be your will even to the mission fields in Africa.”
We must always remember that it is God’s desire that his children live a full and prosperous life, in this world. That is of course in direct proportion to the level at which our souls prosper.
A short message but an important one in learning how to be effective in our prayer life.
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