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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