The Prayer of Surrender
As we journey deeper into prayer, we come to the prayer of surrender. Surrender prayer is yielding our entire will to God. It is marked by:
· choosing God’s will over our own will.
· accepting God’s way as better than our own.
· letting go of what we deem good so that the Father may give us what He knows to be best.
Jesus prayed a surrender prayer when in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus and the eleven disciples left the upper room and the Passover meal. They arrived at their usual camping spot in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”(Matthew 26:36-38)
Jesus was looking at more than mere death. He was about to experience intense physical anguish and torture. There would also be agonizing emotional rejection, denial, and abandonment. Plus, the Enemy would be given freedom to assault Him.
Beyond all of that, Jesus faced something no human has ever endured. He was about to pay an awful, immense, costly price to be an offering for sin.
To do so, His body, soul and spirit would be ripped apart. Jesus, the eternal Son, would be separated from the heavenly Father. The holy union that stretched from eternity past was about to be severed. He was called upon to drink down the cup of the wrath of Holy God poured out against the multiplied sins of the entire human race. He would have to experience the supreme level of punishment and hell as He sacrificed His soul for our sins—and He did not want to do it.
Jesus responded humbly and honestly. He also responded with a heart that was fully surrendered.
He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39)
For Jesus to utter the words of surrender was overwhelmingly difficult. It was also a supremely significant. Because He surrendered, we can be saved.
At least once a week I try to offer a “surrender prayer” to God. I take the biggest areas of my life (My wife, my kids, my grandkids, my ministry, my health, my finances, my material things, my time, my talents, my future) and give them to God. I pray something like this:
Father in heaven, I give each of these things to You. Do with them as You see fit. I have often told You what I desire to happen in these areas, but not my will, Your will be done. You know what is best. I trust You to accomplish what You know to be best. Amen.