Fully surrendered, Lord, I would be,
Fully surrendered, dear Lord, to Thee.
All on the altar laid,
Surrender fully made,
Thou hast my ransom paid;
I yield to Thee.
Fully surrendered–life, time, and all,
All Thou hast given me held at Thy call.
Speak but the word to me,
Gladly I’ll follow Thee,
Now and eternally
Obey my Lord.
Fully surrendered–silver and gold,
His, who hath given me riches untold.
All, all belong to Thee,
For thou didst purchase me,
Thine evermore to be,
Jesus, my Lord.
— A. C. Snead
“Though Christ demands complete, unconditional surrender, we continue to fight our losing battle, giving up just a bit at a time. Though I promise complete, unconditional surrender [to God], I constantly find new ways in which I am resisting God’s will, new areas of my life that insist on having their own way. Surrender is not once and for all, but every day a little more. As John the baptizer said in a different context, “He must increase, but I must decrease’ (John 3:30). I have made this verse into a breath prayer: ‘More of you, Lord, less of me.’ It serves as a reminder of my desire to surrender more fully throughout the day. It is also the mantra that I use for centering at the beginning of more formal prayer times.”
by Keith Beasley-Topliffe
in Surrendering to God: Living the Covenant Prayer
“Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, m y understanding, and all my will–all that I have and possess, You, Lord, have given all that to me. I now give it back to you, O Lord. All of it is yours. Dispose of it according to your will. Give me your love and your grace, for that is enough for me.”
by Ignatius of Loyola
in Spiritual Exercises
This week I have been praying for God’s help in surrendering my own will and losing myself in God’s will. The language and thoughtfulness of this prayer of surrender by Hannah Whitall Smith has encouraged my own prayers.
“Here, Lord, I abandon myself to thee. I have tried in every way I could think of to manage myself, and to make myself what I know I ought to be, but have always failed. Now I give it up to thee. Do thou take entire possession of me. Work in me all the good pleasure of thy will. Mold and fashion me into such a vessel as seemeth good to thee. I leave myself in thy hands, and I believe thou wilt, according to promise, make me into a vessel unto thy own honor, ‘sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.'”