Daily Devotion, 01/09/2019, “Here I Surrender”
Matthew 6:9-10 NIV
This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Our prayers should all begin with worship of God and a focus on God and His agenda for us…“Our Father…your will…your kingdom.” For that reason, the focus of this first week of our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting is simply to press into Jesus. We’ll pray for our needs next week and then intercede for others in week three but for this week, let’s put full our attention on having more of Jesus and less of us leading our lives. The one word for yesterday was dependence (total dependence on Jesus.) The one word for today is surrender.
Romans 12:1 says, ‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Worship is not just what we do when we gather together to sing God’s praises. “True worship” is a lifestyle of surrender to God. To be “a living sacrifice” is to surrender your agenda, will and control totally to Jesus.
The international sign for surrender is hands raised above the head. Most of what you do in life involves your hands. To raise them high and take them out of play expresses surrender. When you do gather with other Christ-followers for worship, I encourage you to raise your hands in surrender as you sing. Surender all of you to Jesus. Surrender your will and your kingdom and your agenda. Surrender those needs that are so central in your thoughts and emotions. As 1 Peter 5:7 says, cast all of your cares on him, for he cares for you. Hands raised high is also the posture a child assumes when they want to be picked up. “I surrender all of me to you Jesus. I surrender every need I have to you. Pick me up Father. Hold me close.” You are loved!