The Prayer of Relinquishment

“Today, O Lord, I yield myself to You.
May Your will be my delight today.
May You have perfect sway in me.
May your love be the pattern of my living.
I surrender to You my hopes, my dreams, my ambitions.
Do with them what You will, when You will, as You will.
I place into Your loving care my family, my friends, my future.
Care for them with a care that I can never give.
I release into Your hands my need to control, my craving for status, my fear of obscurity.
Eradicate the evil, purify the good, and establish Your Kingdom on earth.
For Jesus’ sake, Amen” (Richard Foster).

Tonight at Kairos, Chris Brooks spoke on the prayer of relinquishment. Basically, you hold your hands balled up in a fist facing downward. As you open your hands, you pray to release any burdens you carry that are too heavy for you or are wearing you down.

You then turn your open hands palms up and pray to receive from God whatever He has for you that day.

A friend of mine prayed something like this: Lord, I come to you with open hands. If all I have from you today is You and the next breath, that will be enough.”

Essentially, all prayer is an acknowledgement of my inability to control my own life and my dire need for God to take over and do for me what I cannot do for myself.

Above all, may our prayer always be that prayer that never fails– Your will be done.

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