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a Prayer of Surrender

As a child, I grew up in a Baptist church where we sang “I Surrender All” often. I remember being eager to hear Mr. Ray singing the bass part. And I am sure I had NO aconcept of what surrendering all to Jesus meant for me.

I’m reading through a very thought provoking book: Life Without Strain. It’s an older book and so deep that each paragraph is a nugget I feel I should journal. The lessons are POWERFUL! I”m crawling through Chapter 2 and learning about surrendering to and asking for God’s will to be done. Hamblin, the author says,

“The one great important thing we should pray is that God’s will be done. It’s a prayer of surrender. We should pray from the depths of our being that only God’s will be done in us and through us.”

“If we are unsurrendered to the will of God, if we want to go our own way instead of God’s way, then it’s obvious that God’s will can not operate in harmonious form in our life.”

“Instead of God’s purposes being worked out in harmony and joy, they can only be accomplished in a process of agony and suffering. This is caused not by God, but by man himself.

It makes sense that if I want to live a life without strain, surrender to God’s perfect way is required. The word surrender brings the idea of a battle. It is a battle against my will. “MY WILL” — a mouthful that doesn’t taste so good.

prayer of surrenderThe following prayer is one I wrote after reading from Chapter 2. I am praying it for myself and others.

May the song of ________  heart be “I surrender all to you.”

Lord Jesus, my desire is that Your purposes be worked out in ___________ life in harmony and joy instead of agony and suffering.

Holy Spirit, I invite your power, love and sound mind to  help _______ surrender ______ desires, thoughts, motives, actions, life, circumstances, and every detail of _____ life to you.

Without you, Holy Spirit of Jesus, ______ will only serve self. May Christ in ___________ rule in every way instead of _________  imperfect will ruling.

I would love to know about your journey of surrendering to God’s will. Please share it and the Bible verses that have moved you to raise the white flag of surrender.

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

  • Cherie Zack

    My marriage. After I came to salvation my husband began to fight me for a divorce. I learned through this trial that I had to surrender to God, even though I felt at times my surrender to Him, and not to Bill, could cause me to loose my marriage. The verse that kept me going and still does in other areas of my life is Psalm 46:10:

    10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
        I will be exalted among the nations,
        I will be exalted in the earth.”
    God spoke this verse to me at the moment I needed it the most and right when the trail was yelling at me to give up. I heard God’s voice loud and clear and knew just what He was asking me to do. To “Be still” (be quiet and not react to the anger with anger, so not easy for me at that time) and “Know that I am God” ( I could trust Him in the midst of this battle against my marriage). He would be exalted through this trial because my marriage would win!!
    Thank you Jennifer for the post and the oppritunity to share our hearts. I pray this causes others to reflect on God’s faithfulness as well. 
    Love you!! 🙂

    • Anonymous

       Cherie – thank you for sharing your amazing journey with God in your marriage.  Surrender is not passive is it. It’s a major battle of our will. Thankfully – God can be  known. I’m so grateful He’s been pursuing me and revealing Himself to me for so long. He doesn’t give up or leave us hanging.

  • Anonymous

    this is from my friend Janelle – who emailed me the response to be posted here:

    Total surrender is the most important decision one
    can make. Some have the misconception that if they ‘surrender all’ God
    may ask them to do something they don’t want to do, or take them places
    they don’t want to go. Quite the contrary. God wants us to be the person
    he created us to be…that is the perfected us. We are made complete in
    Him. How great is that! My mother used to tell me to walk in all the
    light (understanding) I have and then God will give me more light. Life
    is a journey lived one day at a time.  Daily surrender to God’s will is
    necessary.  Total surrender means that you allow Jesus to live through
    you and change you bit by bit until you become like Him…selfless. It is a
    wonderfully freeing journey. I surrender every detail of my life to him
    and he changes me to be the person he created me to be. I can’t change
    myself only he can do that. I have to will it to be. 
    The Bible says that Enoch walked with God and he was no more. My prayer is that I will walk with God until (I) am no more.