Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Prayer and Surrender

I once heard someone say, prayer isn’t part of your relationship with God, prayer IS your relationship with God. That is a thought I often keep in mind when I’m talking to people about God.

For me prayer has been a lot of things, a struggle to humble myself before God, a challenge to do what I know is right regardless of the personal hardships I might face, a comfort in the God whom I know loves me, and a joyful experience of happiness and peace are just a few of the things prayer has been. What I’ve been learning recently however, is how prayer, at its root, is that original and simple definition of lifting one’s mind and heart to God.

This simple definition describes the essence of prayer. It tells us that we don’t have to be in a certain place, have a certain attitude, or have a cookie cutter approach to begin to pray. It shows how we are able to simply lift our minds and hearts to God in whatever state we are currently in. We could be angry, we could be sad, we could be upset, or maybe tired, or frustrated, or impatient, or any other number of things and that is OK. God asks us to bring ourselves to him as we are, not as we’d like to be. That is the proper place to start. Jesus says that he came not for the righteous but sinners, not for the healthy but sick for those who are well have no need of a physician” (Mark 2:17).

Jesus in our wounded state, in our sickness, in our unrighteousness offers us healing and pardon and peace. Through this healing and pardon and peace he gives us a new life, a good life, a happy life of joy and abounding in love. Jesus also said “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). This life of love and peace and happiness is what Christ desires for us every moment of every day. We need only to bring ourselves to him whenever, wherever, and however we are. We are not called to be perfect to come to prayer, for it is the process of prayer that makes us perfect. This process might at first be painful, uncomfortable, or humbling, but those things are simply the divine physician cutting open and cleaning a wound so it can properly heal. Once healed and set right, the patient can move and be free from that ailment or problem and live more abundantly than before.

It all begins with that first step, that first act of love, that first surrendering of one’s pride so they might humbly receive the divine diagnoses as to eventually be healed. This takes courage and an act of our will that we often times don’t like to do, surrender. This surrender is the only thing that will truly set us free and bring us the healing we so desire! Below are two things that can help us in beginning this process of prayer, in this surrender to God’s will.

Matt Rossio
Youth Minister



 (Pray this prayer when you are ready to experience intimacy with God, and hunger for a deeper relationship with Him. When you are ready  to understand fully His purpose and plan for you, the reason for your mere existence, surrender to Him, pour out all your heart and soul to Him in an act of  giving all up to Him. It’s okay to ask Him to help you to do it.)
“….may Your will be done” (Matthew 26:42),
 Loving Father, I surrender to You today with all my heart and soul.  Please come into my heart in a deeper way.  I say “Yes” to You today.  I open all the secret places in my heart to you and say, “Come on in.”  Jesus, You are Lord of my whole life.  I believe in You and receive You as my Lord and Savior.  I hold nothing back.  Holy Spirit, bring me deeper conversion to the person of Jesus Christ.  I surrender all to you: my health, my family, my resources, occupation, skills, relationships, time management, successes and failures.  I release it, and let it go.  I surrender my understanding of how things out to be; my choices and my will.  I surrender to You the promises I have kept and the promises I have failed to keep.  I surrender my weaknesses and strengths to You.  I surrender my emotions, my fears, my insecurities, my everything.  I surrender _____________, ______________________, _______________________, _____________________. (Continue to surrender other areas as the Holy Spirit reveals them to you).  Lord, I surrender my entire life to You, the past, the present and the future.  In sickness and in health, in life and in death, I belong to You.
“Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess.  You have given all of me.  To you, O Lord, and I return it.  All is Yours.  Dispose of it wholly according to Your will.  Give me Your Love and Your grace, for this is sufficient for me.” – Saint Ignatius of Loyola
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity 
To accept the things I cannot change; 
Courage to change the things I can; 
And wisdom to know the difference. 

Living one day at a time; 
Enjoying one moment at a time; 
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; 
Taking, as He did, this sinful world 
As it is, not as I would have it; 
Trusting that He will make all things right 
If I surrender to His Will; 
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life 
And supremely happy with Him 
Forever and ever in the next.


Monday, October 13, 2014


As stewards in the world today we recognize that we must live our faith!

You shall hear but not understand,
You shall look and not see,
You shall listen and not hear.

You will understand with your heart. Believe!

Start now but you must be patient!

Janice Griffing