OPW#5. Morning Prayer – The “4 S” Method: Surrender

Daily Devotions – Quiet Time: The 4S Method.

Psalm 1:2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. There are four parts for a morning devotion or Quiet Time; the firsst is surrender to our Lord with a prayer of commitment.

Who do you belong to?
How often should you tell your spouse that you love them?
(How long should God have to wait for the same?)

Several Examples of Prayer for Surrender:

REALIZE PRAYER
Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief. Help me to realize your reality and worldview.
Lord, I obey. Help my disobedience. Clarify my reality. Focus me; guide me. Prune me.
Lord, I follow; help me to stay on the path. Thank you for the path, for guidance, for Providence and protection.
I humbly ask for wisdom and for knowledge in every human situation.
Lord, help me to flourish as a part of the vine. May John 15 be true for me.
Amen.

CENTERING PRAYER
The Centering Prayer:
Lord Jesus, today I am far less than the person I want to be or can be with your help.
I ask today that you would be more and more the center of my life.
Guide me to all that is good, cleanse me from all that is not.
Teach me Your ways and form in me Your nature.
Help me to serve you in flow as I am gifted.
Help me to notice my neighbor and work through me to redeem my neighborhood.
I am a sinner; please be my Shepherd, my Savior and my Lord. Amen.

WESLEY COVENANT PRAYER (#607 UM Hymnal)
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.
Amen.

PRAYER OF ST FRANCIS (#481 UM Hymnal)
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.

The Jesus Creed (Scott McKnight)

I asked my Savior and Lord what I should do, and he answered me:
“Hear, O Israel [Hear also, my self … God’s people … my neighbors … God’s world]
the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Lift hands to heaven.) [Deuteronomy. 6:4-5.1]
The second is this: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Spread hands toward your neighbor and then back to your own heart.) [ Leviticus. 19:18.]
There is no commandment greater than these. I will obey. Amen.

(via Scott McKnight, from the book of the same name: Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others by Scot McKnight. Knight suggests that what we need to surrender to is the all encompassing Great Commandment of Jesus.)

There is also a prayer of surrender in the midst of the traditional, historic service of communion in the Methodist Church, which remains with us as A SERVICE OF WORD AND TABLE IV.

It combines an altar call with a prayer for salvation during every communion service – traditionally literally kneeling at the altar. This invitation is also a part of the Book of Common Prayer (TEC, 1979).

Ye that do truly and earnestly repent of your sins,
and are in love and charity with your neighbors,
and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God,
and walking from henceforth in his holy ways:
Draw near with faith, and take this Holy Sacrament to your comfort,
and make your humble confession to almighty God.

Prayer of Humble Access: We do not presume to come to Your table,
Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but only in Your mercy. We are not
worthy to gather up crumbs under Your table, yet You welcome us as Your
family. Grant that, as we share in this Sacrament of Your Son Jesus Christ,
we may walk In newness of life, may grow into His likeness, and may ever
more dwell in Him and He in us. Amen.

While the Prayer of Humble access is an individual’s prayer for transformation, the modernized liturgy reflects the same desire, only for the church as a whole:

The pastor may raise hands, as the people join in praying:

O Lord, our heavenly Father,
we, thy humble servants,
desire thy fatherly goodness mercifully to accept
this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving;
most humbly beseeching thee to grant that,
by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ,
and through faith in his blood,
we and thy whole Church may obtain forgiveness of our sins,
and all other benefits of his passion.

And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord,
ourselves, our souls and bodies,
to be a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto thee;
humbly beseeching thee
that all we who are partakers of this Holy Communion
may be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction.
And although we be unworthy, through our manifold sins,
to offer unto thee any sacrifice,
yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service,
not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offenses;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
by whom, and with whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty,
world without end. Amen.

See https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/book-of-worship/a-service-of-word-and-table-iv

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