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.
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.