Last month while driving to Virginia to the War Room Live session to teach on strategic and intentional prayer, the Lord gave me the following acronym for the word “strategic”. These next nine weeks I’ll share on each word, in hopes of birthing a greater desire to be more strategic in your prayer life. This week we’ll look at the word surrender.
When we hear the word surrender, it’s usually associated with a negative connotation. We think of giving up, being defeated, losing, etc. However, when it comes to our prayer life, the first thing we need to do is surrender. If we consider ourselves to be true disciples, followers of Jesus, we must deny ourselves-put our agendas on the back burner-and daily strive to live in accordance to God’s word (Luke 9:23, 1 Corinthians 15:31). In order to surrender we must be willing to submit to God’s plan for our lives, after all he determined the plan before we were even conceived (Jeremiah 29:11, 1:5). It is only when we first submit, surrender to God, that we are able to resist the enemy, causing him to leave us alone (James 4:7).
So you may be saying, I get the whole idea of surrendering but what does that have to do with my prayer life? I’m glad you asked. Once we surrender, we are in a position to hear clearly on what to pray and how to pray. Our prayers will turn from being focused on the problems, challenges, obstacles, etc., to being focused on God’s desired outcome. The surrendered posture allows us to use the ear in our heart-h ear t-to pray the word of God that will bring about the desired solution. The Holy Spirit will give us the strategy in the word to bring about the manifestation of God’s promises. It is the word of God that causes the angels to move on our behalf (Psalm 103:20). It is the word of God that causes Jesus to advocate on our behalf when the accuser is trying to highlight our sin (1 John 2:1, Revelation 12:10).
So, are you willing to lay your life down in order to pray the will of God? Are you willing to give up doing some things, hanging with some people, eating your favorite food, in order to hear clearly from God? Are you ready to try God’s strategy in place of your own? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then your first step is to surrender. In the words of William McDowell’s song, you must be willing to say “my life is not my own, to you I belong, I give myself, I give myself to you”.
We’ll be diving deeper into this topic on Saturday, August 19th at 10AM. Make plans to join us for Strategic and Intentional Prayer Part 2. Register today at www.uphigher.org/events.
Be blessed, but first comes obedience!