The surrender prayer

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


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.

the surrender prayer

Prayer of Surrender

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 of my heart to you and say, “Come on in.” Jesus, you are the 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 to a deeper conversion to the person of Jesus Christ. I surrender all to you: my time, my treasures, my talents, my health, my family, my resources, my work, relationships, time management, successes and failures. I release it and let it go.

I surrender my understanding of how things ‘ought’ 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 sexuality. I especially surrender ______ (Here mention other areas of surrender as the Holy Spirit reveals them to you.)

Lord, I surrender my whole life to you, the past, the present, and the future. In sickness and in health, in life and in death, I belong to you. (Remain the Lord in a spirit of silence through your thoughts, a heart song, or simply staying in His presence and listening for His voice.)

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Jesus tells a soul: “Why are you upset and agitated? Leave your cares to Me and all will be fine.”

It sounds too easy, too good to be true. But Jesus says that we can — and that we SHOULD — tell him, “You take over.” And he will.

Often we forget to even ask Him.

Forming this habit and accepting its consequent peace is not instantaneous, of course. But we can gradually surrender our troubles by entrusting them to God and centering ourselves in His peace.

“Jesus, You take over” definitely wasn’t my way years back.  I was more likely to fret, freak, and frazzle as I listed for God the possible ways He could work out my worry or situation. I’m sure he appreciated the suggestions, but my “to do” list was usually coming more from panic and despair than trust.

A friend emailed me a surrender prayer when I was going through a particularly stressful time with my teenage son who has autism. The peace I found in it and its central message, “Jesus, you take over,” has stayed with me.

the surrender prayer

The prayer was written by Fr. Don Dolindo Ruotolo, based on his prayer and inspirations from God. Fr. Dolindo (1882-1970) now has a cause for canonization open. He prayed the Rosary constantly and referred to himself as “the Madonna’s little old man.”

Jesus to the soul: Why are you upset and agitated? Leave your cares to Me and all will be fine. I tell you honestly, every act of true and blind reliance on Me, results in what you desire and will resolve all your difficulties. Abandonment in Me does not mean being frustrated, becoming anxious and desperate, offering Me your anxious prayer, that I may follow you and have your anxiety be a prayer. Abandonment means to shut the eyes of your soul in peace, moving your thoughts away from your troubles, and instead of thinking about your worries and pain, let Me take over your troubles. Simply say: Jesus, You take over. To be worried, restless, and to think of the consequences of an event is the opposite of reliance, it is really contrary to it. It is like a child, who wants his mom to take care his needs, but in the way he wants: and with his whims and childish ideas he hampers her work. Shut your eyes and go with the flow of My grace. Do not ponder over your present moment and put away thoughts of your future as a temptation; rest in Me, believe in My goodness and I swear on My Love, that if you think like this: Jesus, You take over, I indeed will do it for you, I will comfort you, free you, and guide you.

If I have to take you in a different direction from the one you are looking at, I will train you, I pick you up in my arms, and you will find yourself, like a baby sleeping in his mother’s arms, on the other shore. What gives you immense stress and hurts you, is your reasoning over it, your thoughts and the pains it gives you; it is wanting at all costs to take care by yourself of what is afflicting you. How many things I can do, be it a material or a spiritual need, when the soul turns to Me, looks at Me and says to Me: Jesus, You take over, and closes its eyes and rests in Me! You do not receive many graces because you insist on getting them by yourself; but instead you will receive numberless graces, when your prayer is in full reliance on Me. When you are in pain, and you pray that I may act, you want Me to act as you believe I should… you do not turn to Me; instead you want Me to submit to your ideas; you are like a sick person who does not ask the doctor for the cure, but tells him what the cure is to be. Don’t be like this, but pray as I taught you in the Our Father: Hallowed be your name, which means, may You be glorified in this need of mine; Your kingdom come, which means, everything may work toward Your Kingdom in us and in the world; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, which means, You direct it as it seems best to You for the good of our eternal and temporal life. When you truly tell me: Your will be done, which is the same then to say: Jesus, You take over, then I do intervene with all My omnipotence, and I will resolve every situation, even if there is no way out.

For example, do you see your sickness becoming worse instead of improving? Don’t become anxious, close your eyes and tell Me with trust: Your will be done, Jesus, You take over. I repeat it, I do take care, I intervene like a doctor, and even do a miracle if it is necessary. Does a patient become worse? Don’t be frightened, close your eyes and say: Jesus, You take over. I tell you again: I will indeed do it for you, and there is no medicine more powerful than my loving intervention. I take over only when you close your eyes. You never sleep, you want to appraise everything, to think, to delve into everything; you choose to rely on human power, or, worse, on men, trusting their intervention. This is what hampers My words and My will. Oh how much I long for this reliance in order to assist you, and how much I grieve to see your anxiety. Satan does just this: he gives you anxiety to remove Me from you and throw you into human initiative. Trust only in Me instead, rest in Me, rely on Me in everything. I do miracles in proportion to your complete reliance on Me, with no thought of yourself. I spread treasures of graces when you are in the most squalid poverty. If you have your own resources, even a few, or if you seek them, you are at the natural level, thus you follow the natural way of things, which often are dominated by Satan. Never a thinker or a philosopher has done any miracle, not even among the Saints; only he who relies on God does divine work.

the surrender prayer

When you see that things become complicated, say with your eyes closed: Jesus, I abandon myself to You; Jesus, You take over, and stop worrying about it, because your mind is sharp and for you it is difficult to distinguish evil; but trust in Me, and let your mind wander away from your thoughts. Do this for all your needs; all of you, do this, and you shall see great things, endless and silent miracles. I swear it on My Love. I shall indeed take over, you can be sure of it. Pray always with this loving confidence and you shall have great peace and great fruits, even when I choose for you the grace of immolating yourself for reparation and the love that entails suffering. Do you believe it is impossible? Shut your eyes and say with all your soul: Jesus, You take over. Don’t be afraid, I indeed will take care of you, and you shall bless My Name, in humility. A thousand prayers do not equal only one act of abandonment; don’t ever forget it. There is no better novena than this: Oh Jesus I abandon myself to You, Jesus, You take over.

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