As we approach the end of 2012 and look towards 2013, we at the Rock will be having Covenant Services on December 30, 2012 and January 6, 2013. As we prepare for these services take a look at this prayer. I really like this prayer as it basically says to God, I will do and be whatever You want me to do and be. Take time to reflect on this prayer. Spend time with it and then ask yourself what areas need to change and then make the changes. If you can acknowledge the first verse the rest will come a lot easier.
I 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 by you, or laid aside by you,
Exalted by you or brought low by you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
You are mine, and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant, which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.
Renewing and reaffirming the covenant is seen throughout scripture. Here is one example from Joshua 24:19 Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. 20 If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you.” 21 But the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the Lord.” 22 Then Joshua said, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to serve the Lord.” “Yes, we are witnesses,” they replied. 23 “Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.”24 And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God and obey him.” 25 On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people, and there at Shechem he reaffirmed for them decrees and laws. 26 And Joshua recorded these things in the Book of the Law of God. Then he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak near the holy place of the Lord. 7 “See!” he said to all the people. “This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the Lord has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue to your God.”
Obviously this is very serious, so as you contemplate your life, ask yourself if you really can say, “I am Thine O lord”? Are you prepared to yield your heart to the Lord in all areas of your life?