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Not long ago I felt inspired by this post from my favorite blogger, Tim Challies. It is about consciously dedicating things like your time, energy, and enthusiasm to God every morning. I decided to start praying through them in the mornings, and soon I found myself adding more. I thought I should share these with you, because I find them very helpful in my own walk. (Not that I'm an expert in living this way...far from it! But this is the direction I believe He wants me to grow.)
Please let me know in the comments if you think of anything else that would be helpful to add to these morning prayers!
My morning dedications:
- I dedicate to You the gifts and talents that You have given me, to be used for Your glory.
- I dedicate to You the time that You have given me, for I am only time's steward in Your service.
- I dedicate to you the energy You have given me, for pursuing Your will. I will trust You to supply moment-by-moment energy when I have no supply of my own.
- I dedicate to You my enthusiasm, for Your joy and Your promises to shine through.
- I give to you my cares and anxieties over the circumstances You have given me, for the praise of Your peace and Your sovereignty.
- I dedicate to You my reputation and honor, for You to raise or lower in the eyes of man as You see fit, because You laid aside Your glory for me, and You have promised to clothe me with Your glory forever.
- I dedicate to You my weakness, to be used for the glory of Your strength, rather than using it myself as an excuse to bury what You have entrusted to me (Matt 25:14-30).
- I dedicate to You my thoughts and imaginings, because Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts, and You have prepared blessings for me that are beyond imagining.
- I place on your altar my self-sufficiency and self-confidence, to replace with Your sufficiency, and with confidence in You.
- I dedicate to You my best-laid plans, for You to establish or overrule as You see fit, because Your plans are perfect.
- I leave in Your hands every "sacrifice" I've given, not trying to control what You do with them. If you are pleased to make them into obvious blessings, or to burn them to ashes on Your altar, I will rest in Your acceptance of them. I will trust You that nothing is lost.
- I dedicate my all to You, Lord. You gave all to me, and You have told me that all things are mine in You (1 Co. 3:21-23).