The Prayer of Surrender

If you often find yourself trying to take back what you’ve given to God, this devotional is for you!

By Pam Kidd, Nashville, Tennessee

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Thy will be done…—Matthew 6:10

Because I’m perfectly capable of being a control freak, a seeker of revenge and one who hesitates to forgive, Dr. William R. Parker’s point about successful prayer is my ultimate test: “Make prayer an act of surrender,” he says. “Pray dangerously. Let go and let God.”

There is a song we sometimes sing at church on Sunday mornings, and when I find myself in a tug-of-war with my old self—trying to take back what I’ve struggled to give to God—I retreat to a vision evoked by it: “Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore.”

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I am walking barefoot across a beach. My self-imposed burdens are heavy. The sun is hot. The sand burns my feet. Up ahead, beyond the point where the waves lap the shore, a wooden boat floats. The boat is painted the color of the sky. There are no oars, no motor, and I know the boat waits only for me. I step into the water, wade up to my knees, then halfway to my waist. The boat rocks with the breeze. I touch its wooden side, hike myself up, fall into its bow, then right myself on its middle seat. I sit there, calm, trusting, at perfect peace. All my worries are on the shoreline. I shiver in anticipation. God is my captain. Thy will be done. I am free.

“Making prayer an act of surrender” just might be the boldest venture you’ll ever take. You are surrendering your old self to God. You are trusting Him to make you new.

In the days ahead, let’s vow to surrender every inclination to control, every grudge, every bad thought, over and over again to God … until we are free.

Father, I leave behind all the trappings that hold me back. I surrender all to You. I trust.

This daily devotion is excerpted from Daily Guideposts.

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Take good encourage and keep entrusing all your cares, hopes, aspirations to God...I have to do the same ...it's not easy but may be some burden is lifted if we hand it over to Him - continously!?......

This is such a beautiful picture of how it should be between God and me or you. He wants us to let go and let Him have full control of everything in our lives.

In this material world it is hard to give it all to God. I want to say I have surrendered many times, yet here I am doing the things I do not want to do...as the bible so clearly stated... At one point in 1981 God's spirit came to me and told me: "Trust in me and everything will work out" I know God is real, yet I have striven and worried and many times thought I had trusted my life to him. I thanked him for a good family, job, career and everything I have needed, net now I have nothing. The husband I cherished left me for his mistress, my children are grown living their own lives and have little time for me, I lost my job and have not been able to find a new one, yet you no remind me that I truly have not surrendered it all. Worry, concern and fear over faith takes it back...Thank you for reminding me that I need to give it ALL to our loving Father.