Wednesday, February 25, 2009

WFW - Prayer of Surrender

One of the most precious prayers we can pray is a prayer of complete surrender. As we surrender ourselves to God, He reveals things about us to ourselves, causes us to repent of the sinful ways hidden within, and leads us down a path with Him far better than any we could ever imagine for ourselves. David prayed such a prayer.


Total surrender in this type of praying will bring to light anything we need to know about ourselves. Sometimes we fall back into old behaviors or old hurts may be stirred up within us, reminding us that we haven't dealt with forgiveness, jealousy, or matters of pride. Often we don't know what issues God will bring to mind when we pray this prayer. We may not feel particularly sinful or we may be doing something so routine and habitual that it doesn't seem like a sin to us. We must invite God to search our hearts and free us. The Psalmist invited God to do just that in the verse above.

Search Me

The Hebrew word for search is chaqar. It means:

1) to search, search for, search out, examine, investigate
a) (Qal)
1) to search (for)
2) to search through, explore
3) to examine thoroughly
b) (Niphal)
1) to be searched out, be found out, be ascertained, be examined
c) (Piel) to search out, seek out

Inviting Him to do this kind of intimate search and knowing requires alot of trust and faith in the One who loves you so dearly. He will never use what He reveals to you to lead you farther into the bondage of sin. What He might just do is reveal to you the way that is keeping you tangled.

Know Me

The Hebrew word for know is yada`, and it means:

1) to know
a) (Qal)
1) to know
a) to know, learn to know
b) to perceive
c) to perceive and see, find out and discern
d) to discriminate, distinguish
e) to know by experience
f) to recognise, admit, acknowledge, confess
g) to consider
2) to know, be acquainted with
3) to know (a person carnally)
4) to know how, be skilful in
5) to have knowledge, be wise
b) (Niphal)
1) to be made known, be or become known, be revealed
2) to make oneself known
3) to be perceived
4) to be instructed
c) (Piel) to cause to know
d) (Poal) to cause to know
e) (Pual)
1) to be known
2) known, one known, acquaintance (participle)
f) (Hiphil) to make known, declare
g) (Hophal) to be made known
h) (Hithpael) to make oneself known, reveal oneself

This is not a request to be ask God if you aren't ready to totally surrender to Him. He will truly reveal and make known to you and to Himself your heart and mind.

Test Me

The Hebrew word for test is bachan. It means:

1) to examine, try, prove
a) (Qal)
1) to examine, scrutinise
2) to test, prove, try (of gold, persons, the heart, man of God)
b) (Niphal) to be tried, proved
c) (Pual) to make a trial

The Hebrew word for anxious thoughts is sar`aph. It means:

1) disquieting thoughts, thoughts

The Hebrew word for offensive, or `otseb, means:

1) pain, sorrow
2) idol

While we are never to put God to the test, we should certainly ask Him to test us. In surrendering to this examination, we are tried and often refined during the process.

He longs to free you, just as you long to be freed from any anxious thoughts or offensive ways.

Lead Me

I love this portion of this prayer. After our hearts and minds and anxious thoughts have been tested and the wicked ways are exposed, we can truly mourn over our sins, confess and repent them, and be led in "the way everlasting."

Ways, or the Hebrew word derek, means:

1) way, road, distance, journey, manner
a) road, way, path
b) journey
c) direction
d) manner, habit, way
e) of course of life (fig.)
f) of moral character (fig.)

God leads us in His way. We follow His example and with freshly cleansed hearts we are prepared to journey down a road of holy conduct. We have a fresh new start! Our manners and habits are back on track and we, in our total surrender, are set back on the path once again.

What is this path? The everlasting path. The path we lost sight of in our sin. While our eyes were on the world and situations around us, they were off God. They were off the goal.

The Hebrew word for everlasting is `owlam. This means:

1) long duration, antiquity, futurity, for ever, ever, everlasting, evermore, perpetual, old, ancient, world
a) ancient time, long time (of past)
b) (of future)
1) for ever, always
2) continuous existence, perpetual
3) everlasting, indefinite or unending future, eternity

Our eyes are back on God and on the eternal life set before us. Make no mistake, we do not lose eternal life just because we've backslidden, but we can lose sight of it.

In Closing

Total surrender in this prayer reveals the things we need to cast aside, give to Christ to carry, or move beyond. It removes the sin set before us and sets in place forgiveness and moving beyond our sin into hopefully a more constantly surrendered life with Him.

Father, search me and try me and know my anxious thoughts. Cast them far from me and remove the transgressions You reveal to me. While I mourn over the sins I have committed, I rejoice in Your forgiveness and am ready to be placed back on the path You have for me. Help me continue to keep my eyes on You and the eternal life You have promised me through Jesus Christ my Lord. In His Name I pray. Amen.

Are you ready to surrender to God in prayer, letting Him examine your heart and mind? Join me in inviting Him to search my heart and lead me in the way everlasting.

S - Submit to God in your surrender. "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." ~ James 4:7 (NIV)

U - Untangle yourself from anything that keeps you from total surrender. "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." ~ Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

R - Respond with surrender to God's call on your life. "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" ~ Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)

R - Reject the world and surrender to God's ways. "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." ~ Romans 12:2 (NIV)

E - Earnestly surrender to God daily in prayer. "pray continually;" ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV)

N - Never lose your joy as your surrender in trust to God. "In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name." ~ Psalm 33:21 (NIV)

D - Determine to let God lead you as you surrender to His plan. "Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths;" ~ Psalm 25:4 (NIV)

E - Examine yourself to make sure you are surrendered to Christ. "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?" ~ 2 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV)

R - Reinforce God's Word in your life by reading it daily, surrendering to Him. "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." ~ Psalm 119:11 (NIV)


The purpose of WFW is to share the Word of God through photo's and a verse. Amydeanne, over at The 160 Acre Woods, is our hostess. Be sure to link up and share your own, and drop her a thank you for hosting this wonderful meme each week. It always blesses my heart to read all the posts and see the photos and verses. This is a wonderful way to minister to others and to be ministered to by reading others posts. Please visit by clicking on the button above.


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30 comments:

Cheryl said...

Amen!

Thanks for sharing!

Blessngs!

Cheryl

He And Me + 3 said...

I love love love that verse! Thank you for always taking the time to write such great posts from your heart.

Denise said...

I love this scripture, thanks for sharing.

Tammy said...

One of my favorite passages to pray to the Lord...I have written it often in my prayer journal. Thank you for sharing it and studying it for us today. Have a blessed WFW!

Angela (Gran) said...

Thanks for sharing a wonderful photo and verse with us today.
Have a wonderful and blessed WFW.
Angela

Amydeanne said...

so beautiful! One of my favorite verses!

Carrie said...

Wonderful scripture passage!

Peggy said...

You are such a sweet blessings to me Laurie Ann & I will miss you!

This is the PERFECT VERSE to start my 40 days!He has SEARCHed me & ohhh how He knows me, He has tested me & this will be a time of testing
and I have known my days of anxious thoughts...so now I follow His leading in His everlasting way!

This is an excellent choice of VERSE for today!

I didn't think anyone would really read through my entire post today but I can tell by your heart...and words to me that you did! Thank you for your encouraging words! You are so right...it will be so difficult because I'm so torn and feel so alone here but I need to draw close
so our LORD can see any offensive ways...and "prune me". Spring is coming! I don't want any dead roots
like this old stump...decaying!

You have my email & looking forward to RESURRECTION Sunday already! The obedience is the challenge. Resisting the temptation to blog & visit others to encourage...hurts.

Blessings & hugs,
Peggy

Joyfull said...

I love this verse and thank God that He can search our hearts and bring up what needs to get out. He can renew us and cleanse us. Beautiful reminder for today.

Melanie said...

Great verse! How wonderful is it that God can search our hearts and show those imperfect shadowy places that need to be surrendered fully.

Happy WFW!

hip chick said...

What a lovely WFW. I love that psalm.

AnooCre8ion said...

A Psalm like no other. My heart's desire to completely surrender over and over to Him.

Thank you for sharing.

Vickie

Sit-N-Chat said...

Surrender sounds like we've been fighting... ya think? I know how unruly I am. I am so silly to fight against the All Mighty who is also the All Loving one. I appreciate your post. Thank you.

Jennifer

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hey girl,
Didn't get a chance to put a wfw post together so had to come by and get my FIX through YOURS! LOL
I can't remember what I read earlier today but it was about if someone "corrects" me how do I handle it.
I started thinking about it again through your post, because of how I feel when God convicts me, vs man's corrections if that makes any sense. It's funny how asking God to reveal ways we are displeasing to Him, is so totally different from when someone else tells us we're doing things wrong isn't it?
Just one of those thoughts that jiggled around my head today.
GOD IS GOOD, AND I want to please Him. THE VERSE YOU SHARED is wonderful for my prayer today.
holykisses,
see ya on facebook!
Lea

lori said...

Laurie Ann....
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this verse...and it's challenges...search me, know me...it's the surrender in TEST ME...that is sometimes the HARD part...we like the comfortable places knowing that we'll never be the VESSEL that HE intends unless we allow HIM the opportunity to grow and test us...
WHEW...good stuff here today girl!!
love it!
leaving blessed!
lori

Alexis said...

WONderful post! I always appreciate what you have to say that comes right from the heart. The verse you posted and the photo is great!

Rebecca said...

Laurie Ann,
What a wonderful post. Sometimes the vulnerability of this verse scares me. Maybe I don't want God to search that deep into me. But the reward! "The everlasting path. The path we lost sight of in our sin. While our eyes were on the world and situations around us, they were off God. They were off the goal." Knowing He will get us back on the best path, that's worth it!
~ Rebeccca

ellen b. said...

The verse you chose today was one of the verses I was meditating on on the first day of a 40 day journey our church is taking together. A hard prayer to pray but a good prayer to pray.
Blessings...

Janet said...

I love the way you have shared your meditation on this verse! Blessings to you! :)

Susan said...

Just incredible, as usual.

You are so gifted Laurie Ann.

You need to make a book with all your acronyms!


Blessings♥

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

So much thought and effort in this, Laurie Ann. You should consider submitting it for publication.

alihsee said...

An amazing prayer. Thank you for sharing & blessings to you this week!

kbbryant said...

That verse is one to spend time and reflect on. Thank you for all your thoughts and study on this. Really good!

Kathy b

June said...

Lauri Ann,

This is one of my favorite verses.

See you next time.

June

e-Mom said...

A lot to ponder on here. Thanks for sharing!

Happy WFW! Blessings, e-Mom

rodneyolsen said...

Thanks for such a thoughtful post.

It's such a hard thing to surrender all but we must if we are to experience all that God wants for us.

God Chaser said...

Laurie Ann-coming to your place of ministry is always a great experience. Your lessons are wonderfully done. this one was truly for me today as I prayer today God would search my heart and reveal to me all that was not of HIm, all I fail to see. I want you to know I copied this one let me know if you have a problem with that- it will only be used for my personal time - I just needed to spend more time with this one and it is better for me to use a printed copy. Thanks for sharing this today- I love it when I know the Holy Spirit is at work.
Blessings of peace, joy and love

Toia said...

Beautiful and adorable!! Thanks so much for sharing!! Happy WFW!!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Oh what a great reminder! May we completely surrender & submit to Him!

Take care my friend!
I pray you are having a blessed week!

ozjane said...

That log looks a lovely place to sit and reflect on all the food you have provided.

One of my lifetime prayers has been
Lord ...show me myself...and show me my Saviour.

I dare not see self without seeing my Lord.