PRAYER OF SURRENDER
(Pray this prayer when you are ready to experience intimacy with God, and hunger for a deeper relationship with Him. When you are ready to understand fully His purpose and plan for you, the reason for your mere existence, surrender to Him, pour out all your heart and soul to Him in an act of giving all up to Him. It’s okay to ask Him to help you to do it.)
“….may Your will be done” (Matthew 26:42),
Loving Father, I surrender to You today with all my heart and soul. Please come into my heart in a deeper way. I say “Yes” to You today. I open all the secret places in my heart to you and say, “Come on in.” Jesus, You are Lord of my whole life. I believe in You and receive You as my Lord and Savior. I hold nothing back. Holy Spirit, bring me deeper conversion to the person of Jesus Christ. I surrender all to you: my health, my family, my resources, occupation, skills, relationships, time management, successes and failures. I release it, and let it go. I surrender my understanding of how things out to be; my choices and my will. I surrender to You the promises I have kept and the promises I have failed to keep. I surrender my weaknesses and strengths to You. I surrender my emotions, my fears, my insecurities, my everything. I surrender _____________, ______________________, _______________________, _____________________. (Continue to surrender other areas as the Holy Spirit reveals them to you). Lord, I surrender my entire life to You, the past, the present and the future. In sickness and in health, in life and in death, I belong to You.
“Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. You have given all of me. To you, O Lord, and I return it. All is Yours. Dispose of it wholly according to Your will. Give me Your Love and Your grace, for this is sufficient for me.”
(Php 3:8; Pr 23:26; Ro 12:1; Mt 16:24; Lk 14:33; Ps 143;10; Ps 40:8; Dt 6:5; Pr 3:5; Jer 29:13; Jn 3:16; 1 Pe 1:18-19; Tit 3:5; R 10:9;13; Ro 1:6; Ro 14:8; Ac 16:30; 1 John 5:1,5)
A Prayer of Surrender
By Dr. James MacDonald
“Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour” (John 12:27, NASB).
One of the great hymns we sang two or three times a month in the church where I grew up was the old invitation chorus, “I Surrender All.” But despite all the earnest intentions evoked when you’re with your congregation belting those lyrics from your heart, something’s almost deceptively easy about surrendering our “all” to Jesus. Christians are quick to sign up for the comprehensive, no-holds release of a generic, theoretical “all.” Feels good just saying it. Take it all, God, all of it. I surrender everything to You.
The problem comes when “all” becomes specific. We may be up for surrendering “all” to Him, but perhaps not surrendering . . . this.
· My stuff. How strong of a hold do your possessions have over you? If faced with the loss of something valuable to you, how resistant would you be to living without it?
· My health. How much time do you spend fretting about how long your life is going to last or whether your health is going to hold out? While some of it can obviously be affected by lifestyle choices, many aspects of what’s to come in our medical histories are beyond our control. With how much faith, grace, and gratitude could you surrender to the ordeals of walking through a health scare or trial?
· My family. We generally understand the idea that our spouse, children, and grandchildren belong to God, not to us. But what if His plan for them should conflict with our own desires and expectations for these precious individuals, or for how we wish the dynamics of our relationship to continue?
See? That’s harder . . . when the surrender is specific, when it’s not an abstract all, but a concrete this.
Like when Christ—in the days immediately preceding His arrest, torture, and eventual death on the cross—saw the sun of His suffering begin to rise above the horizon of His thoughts. In seeing it, He could feel the full weight of what His atoning death would cost. No wonder He was “troubled”—even as the Son of God. Yet what did He do with the anguish, anxiety, and horror of the situation?
He surrendered. He surrendered Himself to the Father’s will and purpose. And in doing so, He left us an example, that we might “follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21, ESV). When everything inside you is saying you can’t do thisor get through it—“Please, Lord, get me out of this!”—observe the Second Person of the Trinity silhouetted against the God-darkened sky late on a Friday afternoon, and behold what can be accomplished for God’s glory and purpose through a single individual who not only surrenders everything from a distance, but surrenders one specific thing at close range.
Lord God, thank You for showing us the ultimate example of what surrender truly is, through the gift of Your Son, and through the surrender of His life for our sins. You’ve called me to surrender my all as well, and You’ve heard me say that’s what I intend to do. Help me put my zeal into practice—even when surrender has a name and a face and a measurable cost. I surrender all, and especially that one thing, trusting in the name of the One who surrendered all for me, Amen.
Editor’s Note: Content taken from the Our Journey Online devotional, Terms of Surrender, written by Dr. James MacDonald. You can read that piece in full here. All rights reserved.
Heavenly Father, I kneel before Your throne of grace and mercy, surrendering my all to You. I surrender my burdens, my worries and my fears. I lift up before You my loved ones, my job and my finances. I release them into Your hands, Father. Please draw near as I cry out in desperation. Reign down, Oh Lord, relieve me of my pain and suffering, ease my troubled heart. Savior, save me from the misfortunes of this world and just take control.
Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me
Father, I humbly ask for intimacy with You, for in You alone I am guaranteed love, joy, peace and happiness. I long to feel Your heartbeat, I yearn to hear Your voice, I crave Your Holy presence and I thirst to know You more. None can compare to Your glory, none can measure what You are worth and nothing in this world can compare to the promise I have in You.
James 4:7 – Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
El Elohim, as I decrease and You increase, the stresses of my trials will surely fade, my burdens will vanish, my worries will be no more and fear will flee at the the sound of Your great name. With You at my side, strength will surely emerge. I will soar high with the eagles and be elevated into victory as I surrender my all to You, in Jesus mighty name I pray, Amen!
Romans 12:1 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, your reasonable service.
Psalms 50:15 – And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Per our phone conversation the other day, the first thing you will need to do to get the real show going with God the Father is to make a full and complete surrender of your entire life over to Him.
The first full surrender prayer I will now give you is the one you will initially start out with. After that, say the second prayer once or twice a year for the rest of your life if you really want God to have full and complete control of everything in your life.
1. Making The Initial Full Surrender
This is the first one that you will use to make the initial full surrender to God the Father.
In the name of Jesus, I am now willing to place my body, my soul, my spirit, and my entire life into Your hands. I now ask that You place me into Your perfect will and plan for my life.
Father, from this moment on, I will choose to stay fully surrendered to You all the days of my life, and will allow You to lead and direct my life in the direction that You will want it to go in.
Thank you Father.
Thank you Jesus.”
2. To Stay Fully Surrendered
John, just say the following prayer once or twice a year after making the initial commitment to God to show Him that you are really serious about staying in this full surrender with Him. The words are changed around just a bit.
“Father, in the name of Jesus, I continue to place my body, my soul, my spirit, and my entire life in Your hands. I am now choosing to stay fully surrendered to You all the days of my life and I ask that You continue to keep me in Your perfect will and plan for my life.
Thank you Father.
Thank you Jesus.”
1. The Bible tells us that we have 3 parts to our beings – body, soul, and spirit. God wants all three parts of your being fully surrendered to Him along with your entire life. When you fully surrender your entire life over to God the Father – this will literally include everything in your life – including yourself, your wife, your children, your jobs, your finances, and your health.
2. Also ask God to give you His peace so as to help take away some of the stress you are feeling right now with things being tight right now. Once you fully surrender everything over to God the Father, then it will now be His job to lead you into the jobs that He will want you to be working in, along with making sure that enough money comes your way to help keep you and your wife afloat.
If He wants you staying in the financial field, then He will lead you and open doors for you that you could not open for yourself to get the sales that you will need to stay afloat. Give God a try – you just may be pleasantly surprised with what He may do with your life!
We also have a very good detailed article on this topic in the Bible Basics section of our site. The title of this article is, “The Full Surrender.” This article will give you all of the main verses from the Bible on this full surrender that God is looking for from each and everyone of us.