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)
Praise for The Surrender Prayer
“Kristian Lynch’s The Surrender Prayer works to showcase the Bible as a vehicle for hope and healing.
The book’s premise is that established churches don’t always speak to the needs in the world, particularly for those struggling with challenges like addiction and depression.
Written with promise, the book addresses itself to people seeking recovery from such challenges. In particular, it is designed for those who think they no longer have the power to change their circumstances. It draws from both mental health and spiritual perspectives to discuss how challenges should be confronted. The book’s methods seek to bridge the gap between Christian spirituality and modern therapy.”
-Foreword Clarion Reviews
Lynch argues that to overcome personal struggles, you must surrender them to God. A former attorney and current social worker, the author notes that many of us find ourselves wanting to control the world around us. Unwilling to capitulate to a higher power, we experience guilt, pain, and mental suffering. What to do? The author suggests we practice the “Surrender Prayer” and “enlist God to join our battle against our own personal demons.” In this well-written, inspirational workbook, Lynch provides insightful, practical ways for readers to do just that, describing a three-step process: building life awareness; developing a philosophy of acceptance; and embracing our struggles, knowing God is with us every step of the way.
The author provides questions that work as a form of guided meditation and reflective therapy, and
although the book is geared toward individuals, he includes a chapter on how to adapt the program for groups. A thoughtful, compassionate writer, Lynch delivers prose that’s simple but effective, and the insights and questions he provides inspire and delight. Spiritual seekers from all walks of life will find this valuable book earnest, useful, and encouraging.
-Booklist Starred Reviews
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.
This is a prayer when you need a closer, deeper relationship with the Lord. Surrendering your life and allowing God to guide and direct you will lead to an intimacy with God. It’s not about religion. But it’s about my personal relationship with Christ.
Prayer of Surrender: Surrendering All to Jesus
Heavenly Father, I completely surrender all my life to You! I adore You, for You are mighty and all-powerful, worthy of all my praise. As I kneel in worship to You, Lord, sometimes I am so overwhelmed by what is going on around me that I am lost for words.
By the working power of the Holy Spirit, I know that all I need to do is call on the beautiful, sweet-sounding name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank You for that privilege!
Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
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Complete Surrender: my finances, my thoughts, my will.
Today, as I come to the point of total submission to Your will, I completely surrender my will to yours. I thank You for the gift of life and for filling me with purpose.
No matter what You place on my heart Lord, I declare it will be done to the best of my ability, by the leading of the Holy Spirit.
I surrender my finances. I surrender my thoughts. Help me, Almighty God, to always think good thoughts, even when the pressure is on, as this will magnify and glorify You.
I pray Father, that when temptation comes my way, the Holy Spirit will guide me and help me to triumph over whatever situations I face. I thank You for the opportunities I have to live for You and You only, and to walk in complete obedience.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
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In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, who has taught me to pray…
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us of our debts as we forgive our debtors.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom the power and the glory. Forever and ever AMEN! SO BE IT!
Read also: Prayer: Deeper Relationship with God and A Prayer to Walk with God
James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
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