Give God the Pen this New Year – by Melody Mason

Usually when we pray it’s like we give God a huge sheet of paper with all our requests, wishes, wants, desires, needs, and dreams written on it. We hand this sheet up to God, and say, “Dear God, here are the things I need and hope for. Can you please give me Your signature of approval and blessing on these requests?”

It’s not wrong to ask God for what we desire and need. The Bible tells us to do this. But perhaps there is also more that God is waiting for us to do.

What if we gave God a blank sheet of paper with our signature at the bottom and said, “Dear God, I give You the pen! Whatever You want to write on this paper, whatever it is that You think I need or that would be best for my life, I gladly accept. Not my will but Thy will be done!”

Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

It was back in 2007 when I started praying this prayer, giving God the pen to write upon my life paper whatever He thought best. Since then, radical things have happened in my life and ministry. Not only have I gone so much deeper in my own personal relationship with God, but I’ve also seen God do amazing things I never imagined possible.

Many of my closest friends have similar experiences. One walked away from a lucrative career as a lawyer. He was making $144,000 a year at the time he left it all to become an evangelist. “Now,” he says with a smile, “my greatest goal is to become part of the 144,000.” He travels the world doing ministry and has seen God work many miracles in answer to his prayers. There are countless other stories just like his.

I heard it once said that surrender may seem difficult, but refusing to let go of the pen of our life is like a little seashell by the ocean refusing to give up its precious supply of water for fear that the ocean will not have enough with which to replenish it.

As we start this near year, I challenge you to give God the pen. He can do far more than you can dream or imagine with your life.

Melody Mason is the coordinator of United in Prayer.

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Practical Application: 

Often as we face the start of a New Year, we start making different “New Years resolutions” to do this or that. Sometimes it’s to eat better, or exercise more, or to do some long put-off project. While these resolutions may be good, often they center around something that will make us happy or more successful.

This year, why don’t we ask God what HE would have us to do? While physical goals and improvement may be good, let’s ask Him what kind of spiritual improvement goals He has. Then, keeping our eyes on Him, let’s move forward. If He asks us to do something, He will give us the strength to carry through.

Just know that when we “Give God the Pen,” He may at times ask us to walk some roads that are difficult or uncomfortable, because He’s seeking to refine our characters. However, if we STAY SURRENDERED, He will work amazing things in our lives. So we must trust Him, when we like it, and when we don’t, because He loves us and knows what is for our best good!

“Faith is trusting God—believing that He loves us and knows best what is for our good. Thus, instead of our own, it leads us to choose His way. In place of our ignorance, it accepts His wisdom; in place of our weakness, His strength; in place of our sinfulness, His righteousness. Our lives, ourselves, are already His; faith acknowledges His ownership and accepts its blessing. Truth, uprightness, purity, have been pointed out as secrets of life’s success. It is faith that puts us in possession of these principles” (Education, p. 253).

Dear Heavenly Father, It’s hard to believe that another year has already come and gone. As we approach this New Year, we want to once again give You the pen to write in our lives what You see best. We want You to be in control. Please help us to trust You and to let go of our agenda for Yours. In Jesus’ Precious Name, Amen.