The Prayer of ConsecrationBy: Pastors Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne
Publish date: 12/30/2018
Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. 37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. 39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. 40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. 43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. 44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me. Matthew 26:36-46 KJV
1. Jesus’ Consecration.
a. Jesus was about to go to Calvary.
b. When Jesus went to the wilderness to fast for forty days after being baptized, He consecrated Himself to the will of the Father for His life.
c. When He was in the Garden of Gethsemane, He consecrated Himself to the will of the Father for His death and sacrifice.
d. For this reason, He was born.
e. The Lamb slain before the foundation of the earth.
f. 1 Peter 1:18-20 KJV — Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.
g. Gethsemane — a place of consecration — a place called “the oil press.”
2. Set Apart.
a. Set apart for His purposes and plans.
b. God’s Will: Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
c. I will go where you want me to go.
d. I will do what you want me to do.
e. I will say what you want me to say.
f. I will be what you want me to be.
g. Not my will but Thine be done.
3. 2019: What Does the Future Hold?
a. Does it hold peace and safety?
b. When they cry peace and safety, then shall come sudden destruction.
c. 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6 KJV — For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
d. Only those, who walk in the light — who are set apart; who are consecrated to Him — will be safe.
e. Psalm 91:5-7 KJV — Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
4. His Will For You.
a. These final days of 2018 — will you allow God to do a consecrating work in your life?
b. Looking back on 2018 — what do you want to place on the altar?
c. Will you allow the fire of God to burn out all the dross; the things of the world; the things that have held you back?
d. 31st December — watch-night service — close out the old — open the new.
e. It will be a night of decreeing and declaring.
f. Make a list of what you are believing God for.
g. All-night prayer meeting — 6pm to 6am —– January 4th, 2019.
5. I Believe 2019 Will Be a Strategic Year.
a. I will be preaching along these lines at the Watch-Night Service.
b. I will be laying out some key things for you that will give you guideposts for the journey ahead.
a. Today, will you allow this consecration process to begin in you?
c. Your will surrendered to His.
d. His Will; His Way; His Plan; His Purpose.