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A prayer of surrender

June 25, 2011 by  
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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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  • faithful123

    This is most difficult to understand for me. Let it go to God; I’m told with regards finding new employment and with regards the previous employment.

    I don’t think I know what this really means. The words are not new. I’ve heard it, sometimes I think I am living such…but maybe not. I’m confused; the ‘heart’
    understanding is not there (that peace that comes with true understanding)

    EVERYTHING of me… give to God? I’m confused.

    • You are not alone in your struggle. The best advice I can give is for you to purchase, read, and meditate on a book called “Abandonment to Divine Providence” by Jean-Pierre de Caussade. This is a very challenging topic for many and a great deal of prayer and meditation is required to understand it even in the most basic ways.

    • Christophermoran2000

      All prayers of surrender can be summed up in five words: “Jesus I Trust in You.” Try not to get caught up on words… as St. Frances of Assisi would say: “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” A life well lived speaks louder than any sermon.
      For what it’s worth: Earlier this year I went to visit a friend in a nursing home. When I went to leave… walking by his room mate (who I didn’t know) and who was half asleep in his bed, called me by name and said “Jesus loves you… He never stopped.”
      Jesus gave His ALL, the supreme example of absolute perfect loving surrender.
      When you trust someone, you surrender your fears, anticipations, anxieties, you are at peace with that person. They are an ally and sanctuary in this valley of tears. You do for each other without counting the good deeds. You enjoy being with them, and trust them with all your private matters and worries. This is what a friend is, this is what Jesus is, and so much more. You can’t go wrong, His Love is perfect, you can have no better friend in this life or the next for that matter.
      If I really had to condense all my beliefs in one statement, I would say this to you: What God wants is love in return, that simple.
      “Be still…” Shalom
      Jesus I Trust in You!

      • faithful123

        Thank you, I think I understand why the ‘total surrender’ words get confusing. In high school (many years ago) they voted me ‘shyest’ at the senior prom I didn’t attend. (shyest was mis-spelled on the ‘award’) Of course, it’s ironic that ‘the shyest’ female got so many votes as to get this award, I said to myself. (how ‘shy’ could I be?)

        I think I am quiet, and I take awhile to come to trust someone totally; as you described. (I don’t reveal all all at once to any I meet, and I think
        this has wisdom to it) God did bless me after high school, at 23 years of age – with two ‘older friends’ (in 50’s) neighbors all my growing years who
        became ‘friends’ after I and folks moved from the neighborhood. I kept in
        touch and they were a BIG part of my very blessed working years.
        I shared with them and vice versa and there was a connection that I
        at my young age couldn’t quite understand, and didn’t analyze, I just
        enjoyed thier company.

        That connection was Christ in them. (and growing in me) And that’s why I struggle with ‘surrender to Christ’ / I think you helped me to have a sliver
        of light to pray about; being quiet in a God spirited world gets us along
        fine; those special friends showed me acceptance and love and caring
        and I did likewise and indeed as you said that is Christian friendship.

        but in a noisy, arrogant, and pompous ‘dollar oriented world’ – will
        get one kicked, mocked, and “bullied.” They accuse unjustly and
        don’t care to understand who I am. And that can leave our TRUST
        in THE Christ a bit ‘bent out of shape’ … If I don’t see Christ in the
        world; and the good fruit of all attributes of Him (good work rewarded,
        soft spoken and non fighting attitude (meek) brought to favor in the
        temporal sense, ie: if I see those with big mouths get and soft spoken
        ignored–It may be why I struggle to SURRENDER to total trust in
        Jesus. What world do I seek? The sophisticated noisy world or the
        steady and quiet world that my friends have shown bear a good and
        abundant living. They don’t ‘seek out’ friendships but be-friend those
        in need.

        In this world, what I see is ‘the other type’ promoted,
        succeeding in terms of work of hands, and being accepted and promoted; irregardless of the care with which they do. That’s very well the reason
        I am struggling with surrender… it’s possible I have not let go of
        that ‘natural world of flesh’… afraid of being left out. Thank you
        I shall pray about what you said.

        • Christophermoran2000

          I am a strong believer in the power of prayer, I believe your prayer will be answered. Never forget: there is nothing greater than God’s Love, no greater Love than Jesus.

          Let me leave you with something from Mother Teresa of Calcutta, I believe it expresses the spirit in which she lived out her life:

          “People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
          If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
          If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
          If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
          What you spend years creating, others could destroy. Create anyway.
          If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
          The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
          Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
          In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

      • faithful123

        Thank you Christopher, you really clarified the Trust thing when you gave the analogy of a friend relationship. There’s my struggle…in a work setting, relationships are not ‘friendships’ (sad) In business it is every person for themselves and ‘getting’ their due. No training per se, no help,
        know how or you get pushed out. I agree; a life that is ‘well lived’ and in
        good order speaks of the one we obey and leads us. I place my trust in authority of some businesses these last few years; and they betrayed that trust. Meanwhile, outside of the business setting; good friends always there who listen and support and lead me to choose right ways. Parental
        guides also. (even at middle age)

        If trust and giving all the concerns of the heart is sometimes blocked; it is because ‘there are two different worlds’ at work and this is why trust is
        hard. But it is in Jesus I am to trust; and that means being open and
        honest TO the world… while also knowing what the world is.

        Shrewd as serpant simple as dove.

    • Becky Ward

      We don’t understand because we are spiritually blind.

      St. Teresa advises us to read prayers like this anyway…….even if we don’t understand them or aren’t sure we need what we are asking for through the prayer.

      God knows our needs. He created us. Trust, as so many others have said, is imperative. When we are willing to take another’s word, (especially saints) and trust the voice of Christ in them in regard to things like this, we profit much. If we don’t, we don’t…….and we remain blind.

      Control is an illusion. 

      “EVERYTHING of me… give to God?” Yes. I would challenge you to read this prayer every day for the next month. If you do so sincerely, with the hope of gaining more understanding of what it means, you will be delightfully amazed at what God will do in your soul!

      Wishing you peace and light on the journey!

    • linda brav

      I think to surrender all to God does not mean we give up.  I think it means we accept the will of God in our life as we continue to do our best.  We let go of our fears, our worries, our hurts and our sufferings. Let go and let God.

      • faithful123

        Can you put that in practical terms Linda? I assume you mean, in God’s sovereign or ‘indicative’ will – He wants me to be happy and live well to glorify Him to others. So; whether I have degree or no degree; if I do my best in whatever occupational goal; He will ensure I succeed at such. Have no fear. Yes? God’s not looking for me to make great income,
        or save the earth, or join lots of committees … just do good as it comes
        along; and that’s that. If not called to college, don’t worry over it. Bloom
        where planted and if not accepted…move on. Don’t worry about the myriad of human opinions… correct?

        • linda bravo

          Dear Faithful, your questions have given me a lot of food for thought.  I have no reply at the moment but let me ponder about the ideas which you have put forward and pray for wisdom. All I know is God, in Matthew 6:27-30, tells us not to worry. Worry is counter productive.  It can even exacerbate the problem.  I think what God wants us to do is to exert all efforts to bring about a solution to our problems.  However if despite all our efforts, we fail then it is time to let go and leave the problem in the hands of God. What else is there to do but to trust that everything will turn out for the good of those who are called to love and serve God.  May God bless you and let His light shine upon you.  From: Linda Bravo

      • Stephen

        It doesn’t mean we give up–it means we give in.To let our own will be subservient to the will of God.

    • Stephenleebennett

      Here’s a little poem/prayer that I copied from a book called “In Love with the Divine Outcast”-by an unnamed nun:
      “Thy way,not mine,O Lord,however dark it be,lead me by Thine own Hand;choose out the path for me.Smooth let it be or rough;it still will be the best;winding or straightit leads right onward to Thy rest.I dare not choose my lot;I would not if I might;choose Thou for me,my God,so shall I walk aright.Take Thou my cupand it with joy or sorrow fill;as best to Thee may seemchoose Thou my good and ill.Choose Thou for me my friends,my sickness or my health;choose Thou my cares for me,my poverty,my wealth.Not mine,not mine the choice;in things or great or smallbe Thou my Guide,my Strength,my Wisdom,my All.”And to add something of St.Francis de Sales:”Abandonment to God is the virtue of virtues;it is the cream of charity,the fragrance of humility,the sweetness of patience,and the fruit of perseverance.”Simply put;Father knows best–“Not my will,but Thine be done.”

  • Guest

    This Prayer is the Main Prayer solemnly said by the Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy during our 3rd Saturday of the Month Prayer and Healing Holy Mass. It is prayed during the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament when the Priest/Celebrant takes – in the Monstrance -Jesus among the Faithful. We end the Healing Prayer Day with Benediction.

    It is also the Main Prayer during similar Monthly Healing Holy Mass celebrated by the Vincentians at their Prayer House. And just like the Eucharistic Apostoles of the Divine Mercy Healing Prayer Day, it is prayed during the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament when the Priest/Celebrant takes Jesus – in the Monstrance – among the hundreds of the Faithful who faithfully attend these Healing Prayer Days and Retreats. Very many Christians have adopted this, and other Intercessory Prayers contained in the Vincentians’ Hymn Book of Praise and Worship and benefited Spiritually by strengthening their Catholic Faith.

  • Ourfabfour

    Thank you for this beautiful and much needed prayer!

  • Ourfabfour

    Thank you for this beautiful and much needed prayer today!

  • Jesusbpraised

    Another wonderful book is “into Your Hands, Father” by Fr. Wilfrid Stinisson. Published by Ignatius Press. Father references de Caussade many times as well as some of the Carmelite saints.

  • Mobrien7


    Thank you for putting this in so many words – offering all to Christ.


  • Stephen

    “Son,suffer Me to do with thee what I will;I know what is expedient for thee.
    Thou thinkest as a man;thou judgest in many things as human affection suggesteth.
    Lord,what Thou sayest is true,greater is Thy care for me than all the care I can take for myself.
    For at too great a hazard doth he stand who casteth not his whole care on Thee.
    Lord,provided that my will remain true and firm towards Thee,do with me whatsoever it shall please Thee.
    If thou wilt have me to be in darkness,be Thou blest;and if Thou wilt have me to be in light,be Thou again blest;if Thou vouchsafe to comfort me,be Thou blest;and if it should be Thy will I should be afflicted,be Thou equally blest.
    Son,thus must thou stand affected if thou desire to walk with Me;thou must be as ready to suffer as to rejoice;thou must be as glad to be poor and needy as to be full and rich.
    Lord,I will suffer willingly for Thee whatsoever Thou art pleased should befall me.
    I am willing indifferently to receive from Thy hand good and evil,sweet and bitter,joy and sorrow,and to give Thee thanks for all that happeneth to me.
    Keep me from all sin,and I will fear neither death nor hell.
    So that Thou cast me not off forever,nor blot me out of the book of life,what tribulation soever befalleth me shall not hurt me”

    from the Imitation of Christ–book III,ch.XVII

  • Ana

    I know in
    my mind I could not ever go wrong  if I surrendered all to God our Father, is the “doing it” that
     gets  so hard. I never knew of this prayer but  I think  it is most meanigful. Thank you

  • smruti

    thank you so much for this wonderful prayer. I wish the Lord comes into me and lives in me and drives my life according to his will. I feel so light and unloaded and fearless and guiltfree. Such a beautiful prayer!

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