We don’t always see “surrender” as a positive action, but when it comes to God, it is one of the major keys to developing a strong relationship with our Heavenly Father. He can only operate fully and pour His blessings into our lives when our eyes are constantly on Him and our hearts are fully surrendered (2 Chronicles 16:9)
What does it mean to surrender to God?
Surrendering means to submit our will and desires to God and to seek his as our own. For God says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” (Isaiah 55:8).
Trust and surrender go hand in hand. You can’t surrender if you don’t trust God. How can you learn to trust God? Spend time with Him in prayer, in worship and read His word. Give Him your desires, plans, dreams, relationships, job and everything else!
The Holy Spirit will help you!
Sometimes it feels hard to surrender on our own, especially at first. We have our own will, desires, plans and sinful tendencies. It’s crucial that we ask for Holy Spirit’s help in dying to self. He will give us the strength and desire to surrender to our Father in Heaven.
Follow Jesus’ example: Jesus himself shows us how to surrender to our Heavenly Father, in Matthew 26:30:
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Benefits of surrendering to God:
- Freedom: You gain true freedom in the surrendering. As Jesus said in Luke 9:24: “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.”
- Peace: Anxiety & fear leave. Peace remains.
Prayer of Surrender:
Dear Lord Jesus, I humbly come before you now. I repent for taking things into my own hands and for not trusting you. I believe that your ways are higher than my ways and your thoughts are higher than my thoughts. I believe that you have the best in store for me.
I surrender everything to you, Lord Jesus. I am yours. Come and have your way in my life. In Jesus’ name. I invite your Holy presence into my life circumstances. I trust that you have the solutions I needs. Help me, Holy Spirit, to surrender daily to the Father’s will. Lead me and guide me. Not my will, but your will be done, Jesus. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Scriptures about Surrender
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
Be still and know that I am God.
Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You.”
Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
But now, O LORD, You are our Father. We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.