Prayer Topic #5:
A Declaration of Surrender to the Lord
Isaiah 44:23-28, Isaiah 58:6-12
Reflections of the Heart:
Today at 6:00 p.m., Day of Atonement ends, and we will also close out our Church Family Fast. As you go through the day, think of what part of your life needs to be totally surrendered to the Lord. Thank God for His presence, provision, and power that He has demonstrated during our time of consecration. Review those things He revealed to you, and partner with the Holy Spirit to create an action plan to implement them. If you have yet to ask for forgiveness for your sins, spend some time in repentance.
Our Heavenly Father, we come before Your presence with thanksgiving. We thank You for blessing us throughout our Annual Church Family Fast and during these high holy days. We have been blessed by Your love, presence, anointing, and forgiveness. Thank You for helping us to overcome our hunger pangs and resist foods that we love to eat. Thank You for speaking to us through Your Word and maturing us in Your wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus to atone for our sins, and leading us into repentance to experience full freedom in You. Father, You are an awesome Father. We, Your children, are so glad to be a part of Your household of faith. We honor You, the only true God; the living God and the everlasting King. The whole earth trembles at Your anger and nations cannot stand up to Your wrath. You made the earth by Your power and You preserve it by Your wisdom. With Your own understanding, You stretched out the heavens. We love You! Hallel YAH!
Gracious Father, we surrender our entire lives to You. We surrender our bodies as living sacrifices, because this is holy and pleasing to You. We have tried to fast according to Your Word in Isaiah 58. We have shared food, clothing, and basic necessities with the poor. We have helped the homeless and our relatives. We have tried to live in Your righteousness and justice. We pray that our efforts have brought You glory. We are expecting Your salvation to come like the dawn. We are expecting our wounds (physical, emotional, and spiritual) to heal quickly. We look forward to Your Godliness leading us forward and Your glory protecting us from behind. We are fully confident that when we call on You, You will answer quickly, “Yes, I am here.” And as surrendered vessels, when You look for someone to send to represent You, like Isaiah our response will be, “Here am I. Send me.” We look forward to You giving us water when we are dry and restoring our strength when we are weak. As a result of our surrendered hearts, we expect to be like a well-watered garden and ever-flowing spring. As a Church Family, we will continue to rebuild deserted ruins in our communities. We will be Your rebuilders of walls and restorers of homes. We are expecting Your Kingdom to advance through us. Thank You for partnering with us.
List three things the Holy Spirit has revealed to you during these high holy days:
Holy Spirit, help us not to go back to old unhealthy eating habits or behaviors. Help us to continue our discipline of being with You daily through prayer and the study of Your Word. This has been a refreshing time of restoration and we commit to keeping these new and improved habits.
Merciful Father, forgive those who could have fasted and participated in the Day of Atonement, but refused to participate. Forgive all of us for anything we have thought, said, or done that does not align with Your righteousness. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).
Begin to list, confess, and repent of all your sins and mistakes. Let the Holy Spirit help you empty yourself. He will guard your heart and emotions as you pour yourself out before the Lord. If you feel like crying, then cry. If you feel like screaming, then scream. Let the Lord work on you inwardly. Do not be afraid. God is with you and He will lead you through this time of repentance.
After you have confessed and repented from each sin, thank God for forgiveness and His cleansing power. Write in bold letters, across the list, F-O-R-G-I-V-E-N.
Holy Spirit, continue to remind us all of people we need to forgive and help us to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help us all not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
Sovereign Lord, there is none like You. You are great and Your name is full of power. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is Yours. This is Your Kingdom. We adore You as the one who is over all things. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: Jeremiah 10:10,12, Romans 12:1, Isaiah 58:7-12, Matthew 6:13, Jeremiah 10:6, I Chronicles 29:11
Today, I will trust God to:
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