“Lord, I Give It All to You” – A Great Start But Don’t Stop There

FloatMe-01The above statement is a good example of a prayer of submission, and as we know, submission is absolutely essential to our walk with God. The prayer of submission (and/or dedication) is the beginning step in finding the will of God. The only problem though, most people stop right there.

“Lord, I give it all to you. I submit myself to your will. Amen”

This prayer should not be used as a cover for not knowing His will and not having the desire to continue on to find it. Submission is more than making this consecratory statement and then accepting whatever comes as if it were the will of God. Saying the prayer is easy. Taking the next step and putting forth the time and effort to seek His will is not so easy. Submitting to His will implies that at some time you will find His will. It is one thing to submit to His will in principle, and quite another to seek out the specifics of His will and then carry them out in daily life.

This prayer is NOT meant to say,

“Lord, guide me like a rudderless boat and float me to where you want me to be. Amen”

This prayer SHOULD end with,

“Now that my heartfelt submission has opened the doorway to your heart, mind, and will; I will do whatever it takes to know that will. I will read and study your word, pray and seek your face, and wait in your presence until I hear it. And, once I find out what your will is, I will do it. Amen”

The Bible says that, ‘without faith it is impossible to please Him,’ and there is no way to grow faith without knowing the will of God. Pleasing God carries an understanding of the importance He puts on asking, seeking, and knocking.

And without faith it is impossible to please {Him,} for he who comes to God must believe that He is and {that} He is a rewarder of those who {diligently} seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

Salvation is a partnership process. We respond to God by seeking His will. Once we find it, we believe for it. God in turn, accepts our faith and responds with the answer. The prayer of faith is God’s vehicle for bringing the fullness of His salvation to man. Faith for each situation is specific because God’s will for each situation is specific. Faith depends upon knowing the will of God. This is God’s ‘Way’ – the walk of faith.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7

“So faith {comes} from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17

Reading – Seeking – Hearing – Believing – Receiving

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