Rededication Instructions and Prayer

Return to God with confession and a sincere prayer

Rededication Prayer
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The act of rededication means to humble yourself, confess your sin to the Lord, and return to God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and being. If you recognize the need to rededicate your life to God, here are simple instructions and a suggested prayer to follow.

Humble Yourself

If you're reading this page, you've probably already begun to humble yourself and resubmit your will and your ways to God:

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV)

Begin With Confession

The first act of rededication is to confess your sins to the Lord, Jesus Christ:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  (1 John 1:9, NIV)

Pray a Rededication Prayer

You can pray in your own words, or pray this Christian rededication prayer. Give thanks to God for a change of attitude so your heart can return to what is most important.

Dear Lord,
I humble myself before you and confess my sin. I want to thank you for hearing my prayer and helping me return to you. Lately, I've been wanting things to go my own way. As you know, this hasn't been working out. I see where I've been going the wrong way—my own way. I've been placing my faith and trust in everyone and everything but you.
Dear Father, I return now to you, the Bible, and your Word. I pray for guidance as I listen for your voice. Let me return to what is most important—you. Help my attitude to change so that instead of focusing on others and events to meet my needs, I can turn to you and find the love, purpose, and direction I seek. Help me to seek you first. Let my relationship with you be the most important thing in my life.
Thank you, Jesus, for helping me, loving me, and showing me the way. Thank you for new mercies, for forgiving me. I rededicate myself to you wholly. I surrender my will to your will. I give you back control of my life.
You are the only one who gives freely, with love to anyone who asks. The simplicity of it all still astounds me.
In the Name of Jesus, I pray.
Amen.

Seek God First

Seek the Lord first in everything you do. Discover the privilege and adventure of spending time with God. Consider setting aside time for daily devotions. If you incorporate prayer, praise, and reading the Bible into your daily routine, it will help you stay focused and dedicated wholly to the Lord.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33 NIV)

More Bible Verses for Rededication

This famous passage contains King David's rededication prayer after Nathan the prophet confronted him with his sin (2 Samuel 12). David had an adulterous affair with Bathsheba and then covered it up by having her husband killed and taking Bathsheba as his wife. Consider incorporating parts of this passage into your own prayer of rededication:

Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just.
Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt.
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. (Excerpts from Psalm 51:2–12, NLT)

In this passage, Jesus told his followers they were seeking the wrong thing. They were looking for miracles and healing. The Lord told them to stop centering their attention on things that would please themselves. We are to focus on Christ and find out what he wants us to do every day through a relationship with him. Only as we follow this way of life can we understand and know who Jesus really is. Only this lifestyle leads to eternal life in heaven.

Then he [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me." (Luke 9:23, NLT)