Sometimes in church something grabs you spiritually. Words stun by their appropriateness. The Holy Spirit propels them to hit the target. On Sunday prayers were led by our new youth co-leader. Carefully she led us through praise and intercession into a final prayer. It's called the Prayer of Relinquishment - and how radical it is. Perhaps you have said it before.
Today, O Lord, I yield myself to you.
May your will be my delight today.
May your way have perfect sway in me.
May your love be the pattern of my living.
I surrender to you
Do with them what you will, when you will, as you will.
I place into your loving care
Care for them with a care that I can never give.
I release into your hands
my need to control,
my craving for status,
my fear of obscurity.
Eradicate the evil, purify the good, and establish your
kingdom on earth.
For Jesus’ sake,
Richard Foster wrote: It is the prayer of relinquishment that moves us from the struggling to the releasing…this prayer is a bona fide letting go, but it is a release with hope… God is not destroying the will but transforming it so that…we can freely will what God wills.” How much difference this prayer has made to my week.