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Friday, March 7, 2014

Pray for Families (Surrender ________!)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

This week, the word “surrender” kept coming to my mind.  Visually, all I could see was the Wicked Witch of the West flying through the sky laughing at me and writing, “Surrender Janet”!

In the material world, surrender is viewed as a horrible thing—a sign of defeat, weakness, and humiliation.  In the spiritual world however, the Lord is continually calling us to a willful surrender to Him.  This is not to humiliate us, but to humble us that we might acknowledge our weakness and His strength.   The ironic thing is that in surrendering our will to His, the only thing being defeated is our sin.  We in turn are raised up, brought to a new spiritual life in Him.   Rather than feeling like a prisoner, one instead finally feels set free.

Behold, I come to do your will, O God. Hebrews 10:7

As you enter into this Lenten season, commit to a gradual surrender to His will, beginning with family interactions.  What do you need to surrender first?  Your…

  • Sarcasm?
  • Criticism?
  • Defensiveness?
  • Sharp tongue?
  • Boastfulness?
  • Demeaning tone?
  • Self-centeredness?
  • Excessive Pride?
  • Self-righteousness?
  • Other?

Obedience is better than sacrifice. 1 Samuel 15:22

Pray for your surrender, pray for obedience.  Pray for each family member’s surrender.  Pray for their obedience. 

May he draw our hearts to himself that we may walk in his ways and keep the commands, statutes, and ordinances that he enjoined on our ancestors. 1 Kings 8:58

Peace, Love, and Joy,

Surrender your apathy, then pass it on!