Prayer Of Submission To Our Heavenly Father (23 May)
Sing: The Potter’s Hand
“Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand…” (Isaiah 64.8)
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. “Then, the word of the Lord came to me. “O House of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does? (Jeremiah 18:1-6)
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you”. (James 4.7,8)
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet, not as I will, but as you will”. Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour so that you will not fall into temptation, he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26.39-41)
Search your heart and pray as the Spirit leads
Father God, thank You for creating each of us in Your image. You have marked out a race for each of us to run. Yet, for many of us, we confess that we have strayed from Your perfect will. As obstinate children, we have gone our own way. We are not living the fullness and abundance of life that You wish for us to have. We remain mired in the world’s values, instead of rising up to purvey Kingdom values.
O Lord, we return to Your fold. We submit to Your perfect will. We do not want what is second best, to be shaped differently from what You had intended for us. We know that, like the potter handling clay, that is entirely Your prerogative. But it pains You to see that we are not fully enjoying the sunshine You want us to enjoy, the abundant life You have prepared for us and the mountaintop experience that remains a mirage till now. All because we have been defiant, not submissive; self-centred, not others-centred; myopic, not telescopic. And because our faith has remained entrenched at ground zero, focusing on matters that appear urgent and immediate, instead of those that have true eternal value and are important from God’s Kingdom’s perspective. Forgive us, O Lord.
During this pandemic, as we are cooped up at home, help us to pause, slow down, reflect and return to Your fold. We need to be still; not just to be still, but to then know that You are God. Still not just our bodies, O Lord, but more importantly, our minds. Even now, help us to focus on who You are and what You have done on the Cross, just so as to redeem us. Help us to connect with You, Lord Jesus, daily. Help us to tap Your power, O Holy Spirit, fully. And help us to live out Your purpose for our lives, O God, wholly. Indeed, dear Lord, our triune God, help us to watch and pray.
Forgive us, O Lord, when our prayer life has been sloppy, haphazard and sporadic. Just like an engine that needs fuel to run, our lives need constant, continual and connecting prayer to function properly. The armour of God that we put on every morning has to be undergirded by prayer, in order that each of the 6 pieces of armour works in tandem in battle, warding off the attacks of the evil one. Thus, we are to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…” (Eph 6.18) Thank You, Lord, for this reminder. May we truly take it to heart in a positive way, submitting this matter to You. We know that when we get our Prayer Life right, practising this key spiritual discipline properly, then the clay that each of us are will be ready and malleable to be shaped effectively by You, our Potter and Creator. There is nothing more that we desire, as we seek God’s will in our lives and as we submit ourselves anew to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in whose mighty name we pray, AMEN.