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October 12, 2016, 8:20 AM

God Over Everything



Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May the Lord be the center of our lives today and always. May His kingdom, His heart, His passion, be that which consumes us fully. As those who have been called out unto His good and pleasing purposes, may we desire nothing more than Him and His divine will for our lives. May we truly hallow His holy name.

Many of us are familiar with the Lord’s Prayer and the declaration “Hallowed be thy name,” but do we really pause to consider what it is that we are pronouncing in these words? When we say “Hallowed be thy name,” we are praying, “May the whole of my life be a source of delight to you and may it be an honor to the name which I bear, which is your name. Hallowed be your name.” Ray Stedman has rightly observed that we find the same thing in the prayer of David’s at the close of one of his great psalms: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).

The trouble is that though we declare, “hallowed be thy name,” we so frequently know there are great areas of our lives that are not hallowed. There are certain monopolies which we have reserved for ourselves, privileged areas which we do not wish to surrender to God, where the name of our boss or the name of our loved one or the name of our bank account or some other name means more to us than the name of God.

Hannah Whitall Smith writes: “Oh, be generous in your self-surrender! Meet his measureless devotion for you, with a measureless devotion to Him. Be glad and eager to throw yourself headlong into His dear arms, and to hand over the reins of government to Him. Whatever there is of you, let Him have it all. Give up forever everything that is separate from Him. Consent to resign from this time forward all liberty of choice. Glory in the blessed nearness of union which makes this enthusiasm of devotedness not only possible but necessary.”

I invite you to pray the following prayer with me: Eternal God, my Sovereign Lord, I acknowledge all I am, all I have is yours. I humbly thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed upon me – for creating me in your own image, for redeeming me by the death of your blessed Son, and for the assistance of the Holy Spirit, through Christ I pray. I humbly submit my whole life into your care. Amen.

You are Loved
Pastor Jason Stevens

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