Purpose of this Session
“The prayer of Dedication, Consecration, and Submission is a strong prayer that deals with our willingness and obedience to fulfil God’s plan in our lives. It is not a prayer for others; it deals with our own personal dedication and submission to the will of God.”
Mary Alice Isleib, Effective Fervent Prayer, p 57
The rules concerning this kind of prayer are important to understand, and should not be misapplied. This kind of prayer was used by our Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane when He was facing the darkest hour of His life on earth. He was starkly aware that soon the relentless onslaught of the passion would be upon Him; He would be betrayed by His closet friends, forsaken and beaten, and all of hell’s forces would be unleashed upon Him; the sin He had so perfectly separated Himself from throughout His 33 years would now invade His entire being, as He bore the iniquities of mankind in His own body on the cross.
It was a terrifying moment and not one that Christ entered lightly. So awful were the implications for His soul that He prayed three times in succession for the forthcoming events to be removed from him, nevertheless, He committed Himself to the will of God using the prayer of consecration.
“And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.””
(Mark 14:36 NKJV)
The event is recorded in Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22
If it be Thy will (Luke 22:42)
Jesus prayed, “If it is your will, then I submit to that will.” In His humanity He shrunk from the torture He was about to enter into. The problem is that many have taken the principle revealed in this kind of prayer and tried to apply it to other kinds of prayer, thereby undoing the effectiveness of their prayers.
We are never to pray ‘if it be thy will’ concerning those things we know are certainly God’s will as revealed in the Scriptures and in Christ. It is erroneous to pray ‘if it be your will’ concerning those things already provided in Christ’s redemptive work. For example, to pray, “Father, if it be your will to heal me, then heal me” would be inaccurate. We know that healing was provided in the redemption. The prayer to pray in this situation is not the ‘prayer of consecration’, but the ‘prayer of faith’, claiming what we already know to be His will.
The prayer of consecration is designed for the disciple to have an avenue whereby we can yield ourselves and commit ourselves to do God’s perfect will in our lives.
It can be used in situations where we are finding willingness or obedience difficult because our flesh or soul shrinks from the implications of obedience to the direction God is leading us in.
Philippians 2:12-13 (AMP) says:
“Therefore…work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.”
Through the prayer of consecration and dedication God can work in us the capacity for willingness and obedience to His perfect will.