Editor’s Note: Surrender. Should we sit here and try to unpack that word together? We’d be here for a while, wouldn’t we? To cut to the chase, Merriam Webster defines “Surrender” this way, “to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another”. Though the Bible doesn’t give us a word for word definition for surrender, we can very clearly see a theme of relinquishing all control to the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Surrender can look a little different on everyone you meet. Our circumstances will tend to require us to give up our lives in a new way with every new season. One thing we do know for sure? The second we stop fighting what we fear and surrender our own plans, we free fall into God’s divine plan to develop and sanctify us from the inside. We’ve consolidated 10 of our favorite prayers for a surrendered life from I Give Up by Laura Story (and there’s more where these came from!). We’re even hosting an Online Bible Study with Laura from her book and curriculum, I Give Up. We’re going to take steps towards discovering the secret joy to a surrendered life together. We get started on October 7th and hope you’ll accept our invitation to join the study, too! Register today!
WHITE FLAG PRAYER #1
God, I give up. I surrender now my need for control and ask You to begin a work in my life. Amen.
WHITE FLAG PRAYER #2
God, I don’t want to compete with You for control of my life. You know me — all my fears, impatience, and, at times, even my unbelief. Holy God, Creator of the universe, help me to daily surrender to You as the Lord of my life.
WHITE FLAG PRAYER #3
God, You are good and trustworthy. Thank you for wanting a relationship with me. May my deepest longing be to surrender to Your great love and care for me. Amen.
WHITE FLAG PRAYER #4
God, You know me and are always working for my good. Show me the wisdom of staying in step with Your Spirit instead of jumping ahead on my own. Amen.
WHITE FLAG PRAYER #5
Thank You, Father, for loving me based on who You are and not on my worthiness or performance. Help me to love others in the same agenda-free way. Amen.
WHITE FLAG PRAYER #6
You are a promise-keeping God. I surrender to You and trust You to never let me go. Amen.
WHITE FLAG PRAYER #7
God, I confess my need to gain and keep control of things and ask for Your help in letting go of ____________. It’s all Yours. Now help me leave it there with you. Amen.
WHITE FLAG PRAYER #8
I am choosing to believe that You are the God who is always in control. Today, in this moment, even when things don’t seem to be going the way I’d like, I will trust that You know what’s best for me. Amen.
WHITE FLAG PRAYER #9
Father, I’m acting on the belief that You are who You say You are and that You can do what You say You can do, regardless of my circumstances. Amen.
WHITE FLAG PRAYER #10
God, I know my surrender to You is never solely personal — it affects my family, my church, and my community. Help me be a light and a blessing wherever I go. Amen.
Excerpted with permission from I Give Up by Laura Story, copyright Laura Story.
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Let’s join together prayer of surrender for the next 10 days. Pray these prayers over your loved ones. Maybe jot down a few in your journal, memorize a few, and share them with a friend. Which white flag are you raising today? Come share on our blog!
Join the Online Bible Study with Laura Story!
You're invited to join the I Give Up Online Bible Study with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and Bible teacher Laura Story to discover the peace and joy that can be found in living a surrendered life.
In this study you will learn:
- What it means to surrender in the Biblical context
- What exactly God is calling you to give up
- 10 aspects of Jesus' life and His humble surrender to inspire your own journey
and much, much more!
When you join, you'll get FREE access to Laura's five study videos, FREE downloads of the first chapters of the I Give Up book and study guide, printable Scriptures and affirmations, and other goodies!
Study dates are October 7 - November 10 and you can watch the videos and go at your own pace. You'll also gain free access to a private Facebook study group and other engaging community discussion activities and chat opportunities! You don't want to miss this!