You are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; you put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth.
— Ephesians 4:23,24, HCSB
Continual watchfulness and unceasing prayer are necessary for every soul that would successfully resist the wiles of the great deceiver.
The idea that prayer is not essential is one of Satan’s most successful devices to ruin souls. Prayer is addressing the mind to God, the Fountain of wisdom, the Source of strength and peace and happiness. Prayer includes acknowledgment of the divine perfections, gratitude for mercies received, penitential confession of sins, and earnest entreaty for the blessing of God, both for ourselves and for others.
God has made earnest prayer the condition of the bestowal of his richest blessings. Prayer brings us nearer and nearer to Jesus. However fully we may have given ourselves to God at conversion, it is of no avail unless we renew our consecration in each separate duty as it presents itself.
Dear reader, consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first business, even if you have to rise half an hour earlier in order to find time. Let your prayer be, “Take me, O Lord, as wholly thine. I lay all my plans at thy feet. Use me today in thy service. Whatever errand I may do, send me. Whatever I may say to honor thee, or lead souls to Christ, help me to say it.”
This is a daily matter. Each morning consecrate yourself and your family to God for that day. Make no calculation for months or years; for they are not yours. One brief day is given you, and that one day work for yourself and your family as though it were your last. Surrender all your plans to God, to be carried out or given up, as his providence shall indicate. In this manner you may, day by day, be giving your life with its plans and purposes into the hands of God, accepting his plans instead of your own, no matter how much they may interfere with your arrangements nor how many pleasant projects may have to be abandoned.
Thus the life will be moulded more and more after the divine Model; and “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
— Signs of the Times, August 7, 1884
When you pray, acknowledge of God’s divine perfections, give gratitude for His mercies, confess your sins and earnestly ask God’s blessing for both yourself and others.
Renew your consecration to God with each separate duty as it presents itself.
Let your prayer be, “Take me, O Lord, as wholly Yours. I lay all my plans at Your feet. Use me today in Your service. Whatever errand I may do, send me. Whatever I may say to honor You or lead souls to Christ, help me to say it.”
Each morning consecrate yourself and your family to God for that day. Surrender all your plans to God to be carried out or given up according to His providence.