Pastor Albert wrote this prayer to encourage each of us (and himself!) to turn our hearts towards the Lord each morning.
A Prayer of Daily Consecration
Dear heavenly Father,
On this new day, You have called me to take up my cross,
To die to myself, and to follow Your Son.
You have called me to seek to love You more than my own life,
More than any loved one, friend, or possession.
You have told me that if I do this and lose my life for Jesus,
I will find my true life in Him.
And I will become a means of His love to those in my path today.
Lord, You have also told me that this is impossible for me to do in myself,
Yet with You all things are possible.
And though I will not yet be perfect, I can indeed press on
Toward the upward call of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
I can do this because…
Jesus is a gentle Lord and humble of heart,
His yoke is easy and His burden is light,
And in Him I will find rest for my soul.
I can follow You because by the one offering of Himself,
Jesus has paid the full penalty for all of my sin: past, present, and future.
And now by faith I stand righteous through the free gift of Your righteousness in Him.
I must never set aside this free gift of righteousness that comes by Your grace through faith.
For I can never ever earn my own righteousness or acceptance before You
Through my obedience to Your law.
Because my obedience is imperfect and I still battle with sin.
Therefore I must always trust that my righteous standing before You comes from Christ,
Through His all-sufficient sacrifice on the cross.
But because I am indeed righteous in Christ,
I have inherited all the spiritual blessings that Jesus has won for me by His blood.
And now I stand before You as Your child, adopted forever into Your family.
I stand before You a new creation; holy, chosen, accepted, forgiven, redeemed, precious,
Dearly loved by You, My true heavenly Father.
And more than this, You have given me God, the Holy Spirit who now lives inside of me.
So that, by Him, I can put to death the deeds of sin and live for You.
He gives me the same power that raised Jesus from the dead
So that I can walk in the newness of life.
He intercedes for me when – in my weakness – I don’t know how to pray,
So that Your will is accomplished in my life.
I can follow Jesus because Jesus Himself
Also intercedes for me before Your holy throne right now,
Sympathizing with all of my weaknesses and temptations.
And because He has paid for my access to You with His very own shed blood
I am now commanded to come boldly and confidently to Your throne of grace
To receive grace and mercy for every need this day brings.
I can follow Jesus because no temptation will come upon me today
That isn’t common to all people.
And You will be faithful to provide a way out of it
So that I can endure it and stay faithful to You.
And even if I fail, Jesus is my advocate before You
And You will hear my confession and forgive me
And cleanse me of all unrighteousness.
Setting me back on the right path once again,
For Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for all of my sin.
I can follow Jesus today because You are not only my God, but my true Father,
Who works all things together for my good.
And since You did not spare Your own Son but gave Him up for us all –
You will – along with Him – freely give me everything I need today to live for You.
Therefore, in light of all of this, Father,
I seek to give myself wholeheartedly to You today.
I seek to follow my Lord Jesus as my greatest love and my greatest treasure.
O help me Lord!
Help me each moment to trust You, to love You, to obey You.
I want to experience Your presence!
For Your love is better than life!
I want to love my brothers and sisters through Your strength,
For in serving them I am serving You.
I want to serve the lost whom You came to seek and save;
To see them escape the judgment of hell
And find eternal life; coming to know You, the one true God,
And Jesus Christ Whom You have sent.
Lead me by Your Spirit today Father!
Fill me with His power once again,
So that Christ would dwell in my heart through faith.
I love You Father. I love You Jesus. I love You Holy Spirit.
Yes Lord, I love You. Help me love You more.
In Jesus’ precious and holy name, Amen.
by Albert Turner