Monday, March 28, 2011

The Surrender of Worship

Psa 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

Lord, as we approach this conference, let us first approach your throne. Let our worship of You, and who You are, create in our hearts a humble spirit that will translate into our life as we arise from kneeling before you. Let our focus as we petition your throne be that of wonderment and praise. May we simply sing to you of our love and adoration. You Lord are our creator. You are Master of all. You control all and have power over all things. Our decisions are our acts of worship to a Holy God. May all we do bring glory to Your Holy Name, and may You be pleased in us, Your created. Today, our act of surrender is our worship of You on the throne of our lives. We simply and completely acknowledge You as our Savior and Lord, and as the One who controls our lives. May we spend some time today in worship, bowing down in heart and body, falling prostrate before Your throne. In the mighty Name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Seek First

Matthew 6:33 “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness…”

This verse just seems to fit. Probably because it is written to be the base of all we do. As we draw closer to time for the upcoming “Total Surrender” conference, this just had to be the verse we started our devotionals with.

First, may this be the prayer of everyone involved in putting the conference together. The Psalms 51 team, Susan Duke, Gerry and Eva Dee, and even down to the staff at the Riley Center where the event will be held. May we truly seek the Lord’s Kingdom first. May our desire be to please Him and Him alone. May our view of success of this event be the degree to which He was glorified and truly sought by all in attendance, not the numbers of those who show up. May we individually seek to please Him in all decisions we make. May we commit ourselves to follow hard after His righteousness in all areas of our personal lives, and may we show up to the conference having asked Him fervently to greet us face to face with His love and His Kingdom view.

Secondly, this may be the simplest prayer of total surrender that there is. For if we truly do seek Him, and His Kingdom, first, is that not what Total Surrender really is? I surrender my desires, and focus on Your Kingdom. I surrender my fears, and focus on Your Kingdom Lord. I surrender my ideals of success in this conference, and focus on Your Kingdom. I surrender my promotion, or praise, or power, and seek first Your Kingdom, as well as Your righteousness. I seek You first Lord, before I make a plan, say a word, speak in a breakout, listen to a speaker, or raise my hands in worship. I seek You and Your Kingdom first, and Your righteousness.

Thirdly, our prayer is that each of you will do the same. We pray that if God is tugging at your heartstrings to attend, that you will surrender to seek His Kingdom first that weekend. We pray that if you have signed up to attend, that you are in prayer for that weekend so that you arrive seeking His Kingdom first, and not what He can say to your friend or your neighbor, but truly desirous of meeting the Lord in a head on collision with His Love and His Word, but most of all, His Son.

NO matter your plans for the weekend of the conference, I pray that you will make it your prayer as well, to “seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness.” He is waiting for you. Read on in the Word of the Lord, when you seek, you will find, and finding Him is worth everything.