Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Commitment

We are on the beginning of the year, and it is time to start to break some "New year resolutions", or at least that is exactly what will happen to the vast majority of people.

However, we decide to start the year, we should not forget that it is also time to check how our spiritual lives are.

We can start to live a life of friendship with Jesus as He is really real.

There are two prayers that always impact me when I think about making a commitment to the Lord. The first prayer is from A.W. Tozer and the second from John Wesley:

AW Tozer Prayer of Commitment
I come to you today, O Lord, To give up my rights,
To lay down my life,
To offer my future,

To give my devotion, my skills, my energies.
I shall not waste time
Deploring my weaknesses
Nor my unfittedness for the work.
I acknowledge your choice with my life To make Christ attractive and intelligible To those around me.

I come to you for spiritual preparation. Put your hand upon me,
Anoint me with the oil of the One With Good News.

Save me from compromise,
Heal my soul from small ambitions,
Deliver me from the itch to always be right, Save me from wasting time.

I accept hard work, I ask for no easy place,
Help me not to judge others who walk a smoother path. Show me those things that diminish spiritual power in a soul.

I now consecrate my days to you,
Make your will more precious than anybody or anything. Fill me with your power
And when at the end of life’s journeyI see you face to face
May I hear those undeserving words:
“Well done my good and faithful servant”
I ask this not for myself
But for the glory of the name of your Son. Amen!


The covenant Prayer - John WesleyI am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.
Amen.

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