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Shield Daily Devotional  

Day 146

As we continue to develop our prayer model without forms we have seen invocation, adoration, confession, petition, and pleading. Today we add profession; profession is when we self-dedicate ourselves to God. We have previously looked at Romans 12:1-2: " I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." This verse can serve as the basis of our profession.

We should profess our relationship to God by telling Him that we belong to Him. Also, confessing your former transactions and dealings with Him demonstrate your profession of His goodness to you in times past. We should make a present surrender of ourselves to God and His present exercise of grace on our behalf. Finally, a confession that you will be His forever confirms your belief in His ability to keep you. To do this with seriousness requires you to renounce everything that is inconsistent with His Word.

Prayer is now becoming very serious business. This has gone way beyond "gimme gimme gimme my name is Jimmie." Prayer is confirming your present state of grace and reliance upon Him to see you through whatever comes today. Now you know why so many can't pray; they have not entered into a state of grace to have a relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Prayer is a natural expression of a love relationship. Enter in today by telling Him how much you love and need Him.
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