Sunday was a beautiful day out in the countryside as I participated in the consecration of a friend’s pasture where her animals graze.
I’ve enjoyed many such land consecrations and they are always amazing. Praying in repentance for ungodly acts that have taken place on the land … inviting God’s forgiveness and healing … pouring elements into the land that represent healing and new life … and inviting the Holy Spirit to reclaim the land and dwell in it … what a wonderful experience.
We learn from Deuteronomy 29:27 and Jeremiah 23:10 that curses pass with the land. But Jeremiah 31 gives us the good news of God’s plan to restore the land and His people. We know God’s restoration comes through Jesus Christ. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our hearts our transformed, and His Holy Spirit comes to live within us. When we invite His power of healing and restoration to our land, we invite the Holy Spirit to dwell in the land that surrounds us.
Land consecration must be done by the owners of the land, as they have the authority to repent on behalf of sins in the land and invite the Holy Spirit to move in. When you rent land, you have legal rights to the space you are renting, so you can consecrate your rented land. You will have greater authority if you join with the owner of the land in consecrating the entire land, as I’ve had the privilege to do at several locations I’ve rented.
It is amazing to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit bubble up in the land during a consecration. The peace that settles on the land after the consecration is amazing.
As with all practices of prayer, there is no formula for praying to cleanse and consecrate the land. Ask God to reveal to you what you should do in consecrating your land – to reveal any Bible verses you should pray, songs to sing in praise and worship, elements to pour on the land, etc.
I’ve participated in consecrations where we’ve poured salt for covenant and cleansing (Leviticus 2:23; 2 Chronicles 13:4-5; 2 Kings 2:19-22; Exodus 30:34-35), wine for new covenant (Luke 22:20), grain for new life (John 12:24; Jeremiah 31:12), and oil to represent the presence of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 61:1; Acts 10:38). Sometimes we’ve taken communion, opened and closed with worship, and sometimes planted a Bible in the center of the property.
Always, a land consecration should include repentance for sins that have taken place on the land, and any ways we have participated in those sins. Remember that participation might be spiritual more than literal. If murder has taken place on the land, ask the Lord if you have participated with murder of thought and tongue (Matthew 5:21-22; 1 John 3:15). If you don’t know what sins have taken place on your land historically, that is okay. God knows what they are. Ask Him, and He will tell you. He will lead your prayers of repentance.
Remember too: When we bind up sin, we need to loose the Holy Spirit in its place (Matthew 18:18; Luke 11:24-26). So after you repent for the sins that have taken place on your land, invite the Holy Spirit to fill in all those places with His presence and to come and dwell on and in your land (Revelation 21:3).
Land consecration is such a wonderful gift to us from God – and it can also be our gift back to Him. I would love to see more land consecrated in our communities. Consecrating our land changes the atmosphere for the better. We will feel such a difference!
Have you consecrated your land? I would love for you to share with us in the comment section what your consecration was like, and the difference you’ve experienced since then.