How to Consecrate Your Performance to the Lord

“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 NE 32:9

What does it mean to pray first to consecrate thy performance, so it is for the benefit of your soul? What is a performance? (A race, a contest, a display of skill.) Like a violinist preparing to perform in a symphony, or an athlete training rigorously to perform his best. A performance for God is a sign of our faith. It benefits both the doer and those who witness it. Whatever we choose to do or perform will first require a prayer to the Lord. Why is that? What does it mean to consecrate it? It means to make it “holy” and thus evoke the powers of heaven.

Many of us have chosen to make special sacrifices to show the Lord our commitment and love for him. I asked the Lord what he would have me to do so that I could consecrate my performance unto Him. Here was the revelation I received:

“What I require from you is a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Look to me for that which you should do to prepare for the sacred day. Fasting is an effective way to add power to your priesthood. The line of communication between thee and me are thinned, as thy heart becomes more broken and contrite. When you lay the lusts of the flesh upon my altar, your spirit is strengthened and the windows of heaven are opened wide. The first things to offer up should be anything that connects you to Babylon that may have priority in your life; and then the things that your body craves. This can be more than food and drink. Make me your focus and I will come unto thee.” – the Lord

26 For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.

27 Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; D&C 58: 26-27

The Lord gives us our own free will to perform righteousness to Him. Some of you have chosen specific fasts that you feel will help you prepare.  This fast is personal to each of us; it is a way to consecrate our efforts, to become holy to the Lord.

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5 Responses to How to Consecrate Your Performance to the Lord

  1. Exactly one month after I wrote my post I received my baptism of fire. The Lord was teaching me something wonderful. There are three important days in our life in mortality: the day we are born, the day we receive our baptism of fire and are “born again,” and the day we have our second comforter and have our calling and election made sure. The key to these events is the consecration of ourselves upon the altar of God.

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  2. Melissa says:

    It is because of a fast I just started that I found your blog. It dropped right into my lap the day after my fast started. Thank you for putting all of this is to words (your whole blog). You have no idea how much it means to me. How much I needed it. And how hard I’ve been searching for these very answers. You’ve given me the tools I yearned for, and I can already feel an amazing difference in everything I do in just a couple of days.

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  3. Mike Ross says:

    this is very helpful.

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  4. Jesse says:

    Can the order change for those events? Can someone receive their baptism of fire and hear the Lord saying their calling and election is made sure at the same time? Then have a second Comforter experience at a later date?

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  5. No person can stand in the Lord’s presence without having a baptism of fire. The BofF can and should occur multiple times during your life. One notable time is when you receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Joseph Smith received a baptism of fire when he had his first vision, and then again later when receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and again when he had the Second Comforter. As far as having one’s calling and election made sure: this cannot occur without standing in the Lord’s presence. Perhaps you are confusing it with having your calling and election.

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