The Prayer of Consecration
“We pass from thinking of God as part of our life to the realization that we are part of his life.”
In this stage of the prayer process we’ve just come to a point where the spirit flows to us without compulsory means because we have entered into a state of having a broken heart and contrite spirit.
We are full of desire, and all of our thoughts and feelings are aligned with the Holy Ghost.
At this point a person can start to review all of their blessings and consecrate them to the Lord. The principle of consecration is explored at length here.
Consecration is the process of making everything in your life sacred. It is taking all of the things in your awareness in which the Lord has blessed you and it is giving it to the Lord. Then you share in it as a steward.
Your money, cars, home, education, mind, food, children, spouse, career and especially your time can all be consecrated. And that which we aren’t able to wholeheartedly consecrate, the spirit often takes us through a process of having it removed or discarded.
Elder Maxwell taught:
“In pondering and pursuing consecration, understandably we tremble inwardly at what may be required. Yet the Lord has said consolingly, “My grace is sufficient for you” (D&C 17:8). Do we really believe Him? He has also promised to make weak things strong (see Ether 12:27). Are we really willing to submit to that process? Yet if we desire fulness, we cannot hold back part!” (Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Consecrate Thy Performance,” Ensign, May 2002, p. 38)
As we are led in the spirit of how to consecrate all that we have we enter into a new experience of freedom – understanding that all belongs to the Father and we no longer are seeking to build our own kingdom on earth.
In this process of transitioning into a consecrated state we begin to see the only purpose of our life is to build our Father’s kingdom on earth. The establishment of Zion becomes our primary desire.
Nephi speaks to this state of consecration in prayer when he wrote:
“But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul” (2 Nephi 32: 9).
Our performance on this earth is for the welfare of our soul when we are in a state of active consecration.
Although a person has been born again at this point in the prayer process, our spirits and life desire takes on a new dimension entering into deeper and deeper states of consecration. The Holy Ghost begins to reveal to us how much is yet undone and we become more and more aware of our weakness. We become increasingly aware of the pull of this earthly kingdom on our hearts.
Elder Maxwell also taught:
“We tend to think of consecration only as yielding up, when divinely directed, our material possessions. But ultimate consecration is the yielding up of oneself to God. Heart, soul, and mind were the encompassing words of Christ in describing the first commandment, which is constantly, not periodically, operative (see Matt. 22:37). If kept, then our performances will, in turn, be fully consecrated for the lasting welfare of our souls (see 2 Ne. 32:9). . . .
A stumbling block appears when we serve God generously with time and checkbooks but still withhold portions of our inner selves, signifying that we are not yet fully His!” (Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Consecrate Thy Performance,” Ensign, May 2002, p. 36)
And so our repentance continues. Consecrating and repenting, and having our hearts softened to new depths. And then having more revealed to us, and we repent even more. And this process continues until we become full of the Holy Ghost.
The process of consecration will stretch us to new depths and heights we were not yet aware of. We will get very specific instructions in this process. We will be tested if we will live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. (D&C 88: 44).
We begin to understand that there is no “mine” and “His”. There is no negotiating. It is all his. And we are participants in his work and glory. And by being a fully submissive and consecrated child, His eternal life becomes our eternal life.
And so as we press on in our focused and diligent consecration, the veil gets thinner.
And as we consecrate we enter into the true order of prayer.