The Prayer of Surrender

David Muyskens

READ : Philippians 2:1-8

Christ Jesus . . . emptied himself. (vv. 5-7)

When I pray the agenda is God’s—not mine.

The pouring out of our hearts in prayer is an emptying of ourselves to be open to receive what God wants of us. This is the mind of Christ, who did not pursue equality with God but “emptied himself” to be a humble servant, obedient to God (Philippians 2:5-8).

The attitude of prayer is surrender. Rather than grasping what I want, I yield to God’s will. In the prayer of surrender I become an ever more clear reflector of God’s image, in which we all have been created. I open myself to experience what God desires, surrendering my agenda in love to God.

The prayer of surrender will sometimes use words that express praise and thanksgiving, confession and intercession. Sometimes it will be a wordless silence, waiting upon God’s Spirit to speak. Sometimes it will let go of every thought of our own, to simply consent to the loving presence and healing action of God within.

Our relationship of love with God is beyond words. Neither our imagination nor our analytical thinking can truly fathom God. We come to know God by receiving the love of Christ. We take the humble position of a recipient, emptied of selfishness, ready to be transformed by the grace and love of Christ.


Triune God, we surrender in love to you. Amen.