Scripture Reading: Psalms 37:7
The church has advanced throughout history because of people who surrendered to God. A missionary once prayed: “Here am I, send me; send me to the ends of the earth; send me to the rough, the savage pagans of the wilderness; send me from all that is called comfort on earth; send me even to death itself, if it be but in Thy service, and to promote Thy kingdom.”
We rarely hear prayers like that today. We don’t promote self-sacrifice; we have a new gospel of self-fulfillment. We don’t talk about carrying a burden for lost souls; we ourselves are lost in our comfortable materialism. I wonder what would happen if all of us prayed Isaiah’s prayer with full sincerity. What if you raised your hands and left all your fears, worries, excuses, stipulations, limitations and conditions on heaven’s altar—and invited God to use your life in any way He wants.
Surrendering your life means, following God’s lead without knowing where he’s sending you; waiting for God’s timing without knowing when it will come; expecting a miracle without knowing how God will provide; trusting God’s purpose without understanding the circumstances. You know you’re surrendered to God when you rely on God to work things out instead of trying to manipulate others, force your agenda, and control the situation. You let go and let God work. You don’t have to always be in charge. Instead of trying harder, you trust more. The supreme example of self-surrender is Jesus. The night before His crucifixion Jesus surrendered Himself to God’s plan. He prayed, “Father, everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want Your will, not mine.” (Mark 14:36 NLT) Jesus surrendered Himself to God’s will. He prayed, “God, if it is in Your best interest to remove this suffering, please do so. But if it fulfills Your purpose, that’s what I want, too.” Genuine surrender says, “Father, if this problem, pain, sickness, or circumstance is needed to fulfill Your purpose and glory in my life or in another’s life, please don’t take it away!”
This level of maturity doesn’t come easy. In Jesus’ case, He agonized so much over God’s plan that He sweated drops of blood. Surrender is hard work. In our case, it requires intense warfare against our self-centered nature. Child of God, I invite you to take the risk. Pray the Isaiah prayer, and see how God will use you.
Acts 6: 1-7; Ps 33: 1-2.4-5.18-19 (R.22) Gosp Jn 6:16-21 WEEKDAY OF EASTER
Prayer Points:
1. Pray with St. Camellus de Lellis: “O Lord, I confess I am the most wretched of sinners, most underserving of Your favour; but save me by Your infinite mercy.”
2. Lord Jesus, today, I make an unconditional surrender of all my life to Your loving care and control. Please give me Your strength and wisdom and peace and purpose. I want to make peace with You by faith so that I can have the peace of God through You, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Exercise: Take the prayer of St. Pio in DSD.
Meditation: Isaiah 45:9.