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I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord; “plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

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A Prayer of Surrender

April 15, 2020



 

Dear Lord,

Today I surrender to You.

I will accept whatever You have allowed into my life.

 

If the challenges I face are from You,

I trust that You have Holy purpose in them.

If the challenges I face are not from You,

I trust that You have chosen to allow them even so.

 

No cry of my heart goes unnoticed to Your ears.

No tear on my cheek goes unnoticed to Your eyes.

 

Today I choose to trust that whatever difficulty I have found myself in the midst of –

none of it has taken You, O Lord, by surprise.

And though you mourn the brokenness in this world,

and are angered by the evil in it,

You, O Lord, are never defeated by it.

 

If this trial is not from you,

I trust that You have allowed it now so You can take it, redeem it,

and make such beauty come from it that never would have been otherwise.

…in this life or the next.

 

May my surrender be so complete that even in the midst of great pain,

I may see your even greater redemption at work,

and be ever grateful for the glory You create from it.

So grateful that even I would not wish it any different.

 

And Help me Lord to lay down all I should never have taken up

so I can receive all of what You have always wanted to give me.

Help me receive the life that is truly life.

 

Into Your hands I commit my spirit.

May my eyes see Your salvation.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

 

Amen.



The featured image is (c) of Julie Jablonski and used with her gracious permission for Cultivating and The Cultivating Project.



 

Adam R. Nettesheim

comments

  1. “And Help me Lord to lay down all I should never have taken up

    so I can receive all of what You have always wanted to give me.

    Help me receive the life that is truly life.”

    This is wonderful, Adam. I love that little phrase (from Timothy, i think?) about “life that is truly life”. That sticks with me too.

  2. Adam R. Nettesheim says:

    1 Timothy indeed Matthew! (Admittedly I couldn’t exactly remember and googled it.) 🙂
    It’s hard to lay that stuff down especially when God doesn’t always reveal what He has for us to take up afterwards. Like the CS Lewis quote about kids playing in the mud because he can’t imagine a holiday at the sea side. Something like that.
    Thanks for your kind reply!

  3. Yes, this my prayer:

    “And Help me Lord to lay down all I should never have taken up

    so I can receive all of what You have always wanted to give me.”

    I know this prayer too will be answered.
    Thanks,

  4. Adam R. Nettesheim says:

    Thank you Denise!
    Yes, and I wish it was a one time thing! But, for me, it can sometimes be day by day that I must relearn this.

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