Over the last three weeks we’ve studied areas of prayer–so that we might pray more effectively for ourselves and for others.
Today we finish that series with a final look at prayer through the lens of sacrifice.
The Prayer of Sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2)
Here is the way to know, and to do, the will of God. Paul understood it, and he presents it as a plea to every follower of Christ: “…offer your bodies as living sacrifices…be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:1-2)
Isn’t this the deepest desire in the heart of every child of God? To know and do His will, through the transformation of our minds by the power of His Spirit? To lay our very lives on His altar and become acceptable to Him?
It is not only possible; it is essential, and it comes as we daily pray that prayer of sacrifice:
“Lord, accept the offering of my body as a living sacrifice; it is my spiritual act of worship. Transform me, by the renewing of my mind, so that I may know and do your will. Through the sacrifice of Your Son I come, and in His name I pray. Amen.”