Help To Surrender

Lord,

pour out your Spirit upon me,

enter into my heart,

and lead me into fuller surrender.

Expand your presence in me,

overcoming, overtaking fears and anxieties,

driving out control and striving

with your comfort, power, and love.

You have my yes,

have your way in me,

gently expose,

remove the obstacles that have hindered

free reign of your Spirit and love.

Search me

and know my thoughts,

see if there is any offensive way in me,

and lead me in the way everlasting.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

My Abba

Abba Father,

I love your presence,

I love you and your loving kindness.

Thank you for your discipline,

I know it’s because you love me,

help me to embrace it

even when it stings and hurts

and my flesh balks at obeying.

Help me to be wise,

listen and obey—

I know it’s the way of life.

I’m most myself with you,

no pretenses,

no self deception,

no more striving.

I can’t believe you’d care so much for my heart,

my joy, my peace,

that you wouldn’t let me settle

for all the lesser things I’d desired.

I’m grateful for closed doors,

all the frustrations and pain.

It’s led me to discovering you—

and slowly finding me.

I love you Abba.

Amen.

Thank You Lord

Lord,

I praise you for your salvation,

thank you for saving me,

from my old, dead self —

the sin, shame, striving, and condemnation.

Thank you for holding onto me

when doubt clouded my faith.

Thank you for loving me

when I’ve held back from you in unbelief.

Thank you for pursuing me

when I’ve run away from you and hid.

Thank you for making yourself known to me,

through all the lies and distortions I’ve held about you.

Thank you for never giving up on me,

even when I kept my heart small, hard, close, and hidden.

You are so good Lord,

your love always wins.

I praise you that broken me

has always come face to face

with your mercy, lovingkindness, and grace.

My life is yours Lord,

Amen.

Surrender All

Lord,

Show me, teach me, help me

to surrender all to you.

I say yes in my spirit,

but don’t know how.

Please illuminate my heart,

reveal to my soul, my mind,

how I may let go.

My past, I give to you —

repenting of my sin, shame, and guilt,

receiving your forgiveness,

watching you go back in my past,

deleting all the files —

those moments, like I had never even sinned.

My future, I give to you —

so many expectations

of what I thought I needed to do,

and where I needed to be,

what I needed to look like,

absorbed from tradition, family,

culture, religion, and worldly systems

into my needy heart seeking approval,

that has only atrophied the soul you knit in me.

Yet your Spirit within has proved greater.

I surrender to your voice,

the pressures and flows of your Spirit,

buoying me into your paths,

safe within your love,

far outside my comfort,

fully alive and my soul rising and set free,

trusting you in the unknown,

casting my fears, anxieties, and worries upon you.

I surrender all my desires,

giving voice to each one,

entrusting them into your hand,

into your care,

because you know best.

I desire only your best for me,

so help me to surrender all

to receive from my Lord

and give praise to your Name.

Amen.

Peace And Rest

Lord,

I quiet my heart,

still my thoughts,

open my spirit,

and wait,

with no expectation,

no presumption,

just longing to hear your voice,

to sense your presence,

be still in your love,

knowing you’re right here,

always, with me.

Your Spirit fills me,

cleanses my mind,

refreshes my heart,

and a breath escapes,

releasing my cares to you.

I praise you my Prince of Peace,

and I bless you

for inviting me into your rest.

Amen.

Leaving The Past Behind

Lord,

Thank you that my life is in your hands.

I can shake off the burdens of my past,

the regrets and failures,

trusting you will work all things for my good,

and reveal to me the treasures hidden in darkness.

I praise you for your wisdom, discernment,

and counsel dispensed into my spirit,

your molding, pruning, and stretching;

forging me in your continuous flame of love

as I am being created in your image.

I forget what is behind,

you clear my vision for what lies ahead.

No more shadows looming in the future,

or expectations and assumptions I should fulfill,

but surrendered and free, I look to you today,

in this moment,

the gift of your presence with me,

let me run with you.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

All The Lord’s

Abba,

hide me under the shadow of your wings,

let me dwell under the shelter of the Most High.

Draw me, deliver me out of Babylon,

expose the lure of independence,

being self made, chasing status,

mammon and material things,

all the sin that so easily entangles,

and set me free in You,

submitted to your Word,

truly alive in your Spirit.

Lord, let me love what you love,

and hate what you hate.

Let me delight myself in you,

put in me the desires of your heart,

shrivel away any desires that are not of you,

that my words, my heart, my life

would wholly align with your purposes,

and that my life would be yours

for your glory.

I bless you and praise you Lord.

Amen.

Knowing Him Rightly

Lord,

let me see you clearly,

le me know you rightly,

believing your Word,

standing in your Truth,

tender to your Spirit.

Protect and deliver me

from the gimmicks, charisma,

deception, and hype that would tickle my ears,

shiny packages wrapped with your name

but devoid of you.

I ask for the fear of the Lord,

help me to understand your sacrifice,

everything you gave,

everything you demand,

counting the cost of following you.

I pray to surrender all

counting all things as loss

because of the treasure of knowing you,

so with joy, thanksgiving, and praise

I give my life to you.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

Loved

Lord,

thank you for your love,

vulnerable, soft, and open,

pure and without guile,

the way you entered the world

as a babe.

Kind and patient,

long-suffering,

pursuing, jealous,

eternal flame of passion,

still and always,

the Lover of my soul,

please hold onto me

and don’t let me go.

My Messiah,

you’ve overwhelmed me

with your love,

loved me into surrender,

I love you,

I need you,

take my heart,

and have your way,

make me wholly, fully yours.

Amen.

Ready

Lord,

Your Spirit comes like the wind,

blowing wherever you please,

you are God,

answering to none,

you fulfill your purposes

in your way, your time.

I ask you Lord…

for a heart that’s open, unoffended,

ready with a yes

to the doors you open

and the opportunities

you place in my path.

I ask for a spirit surrendered

of all my plans,

yielded to you,

that being obedient

would win over comfort,

over security.

Help me to prepare my heart

and my will in the waiting,

that when you call,

I will be ready,

no hesitation, no walls,

only a yes to you.

I trust you Lord,

let me be ready.

Amen.