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. 

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  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen

  • Nomagugu

    Dear Heavenly Father please help me to surrender my will to Yours this coming year in Jesus’s Holy Name Amen

  • Clarris Magadza

    Very inspiring, may God give us the courage to hand over our pens.

  • Fainah

    Amen

  • Rosalia

    Amen Melody, I join you in that prayer. Lord make me the vessel of your mercy according to your will .

  • Mavhoro Tawona

    Amen and Amen

  • Zanthia L. Elikplim

    God bless you Melody for this deep practical outlook on prayer. I pray that the worldwide church, as well individual church members, give God OUR pens.

  • Godfrey

    Amen, may God’s will be done in our lives. Pray for me too my family is facing marriage problems.
    Blessings.

    • Kufara

      It shall be well with you in Jesus mighty name.

    • Mutungi Joel

      May God rescue your family. Amen

  • April

    I have accepted the challenge as I give God an empty sheet and the pen today on which he can write the remaining pages of my life. I have tried and cannot do it anymore. I need courage and confidence as i continue. Whatever is your will for me O Lord, thy will be done in my life. Hold me close as you begin this work in me and help me to be faithful. Amen.

    • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

      Amen.

    • jenjenialso

      Amen. My prayer as well

    • Jenita

      Thank you Melody for this challenge giving God the blank sheet and pen. I have been writing my own every year and before January finished it is business as usual- failure. That was my way not God’s. With God’s own hand writing His plan for my life, I pray that He will give me the will to surrender and be obedient to follow even though the road my lead me into difficult path. He knows the path. He has been there before. May we brothers and sisters pray and encourage each other on our journey of obedience in 2016. God be with us. Have a wonderful New Year. Walk with God, families

      • Kufara

        Amen

      • Mavhoro Tawona

        Amen. Even though l walk through the valley of death l fear no evil for you are with me.

    • Audrey Stewart

      This too is my desire, that I wii allow God to write on my blank page. Lord, help me to allow You to lead and direct every aspect of my life.

    • Mutungi Joel

      Amen and Amen.

  • Velda Jesse

    Amen

  • Ann Ferrol

    Lord take that pen I have given all authority to you to set your plans for my life let your will be Done amen

  • Juds T

    Thank you Sis. Melody! So inspiring, so beautiful! I’m taking up the challenge and I’m giving God my pen this New Year…Lord use me for your glory!

  • Pilira

    Thank you for this Melody. Through God’s help and strength, I give Him the pen today, not waiting for 1 January, but today, I look forward eagerly with great hope to the spiritual blessings He has in store for me.

    • Susan Absalon

      My prayer also, not to wait when it can start today. What remaining years i have left i want them to be of God’s will for me. To have wisdom and discernment to know when He is talking to me and guiding me. May we all have a very blessed and joyful new year on our journey with God.

  • Daniel Chigaru

    Thank you for the very inspiring exhortation to surrender our future and self to God and let His will be our daily guidance. This afternoon I give Him the pen to complete the work He has started in me.

  • Marilyn Fletcher

    Thank you for sharing this idea, Melody. I am going to try this starting today.

    • Phillippa

      Let’s cheer each other on. This is exciting.

  • shannon robinson-pitkin

    This is profound and what many of us need. We usually make resolutions and many of them are unaccomplished. Lord help us to follow the advice given today because Your plans for our lives are the best. We give you our blank papers and pens, waiting for Your hand writing and ask for a willing heart, not our will but Yours be done. In Jesus name, amen.

    • Justina

      Amen and amen, my prayer this day also in Jesus Name amen.

  • Phillippa

    This is amazing. I have accepted the challenge. I have given God an empty sheet of paper and the pen . I surrender myself. I will let Him write on the page whatever He sees best for my life for the coming year. I am expecting great and marvelous things. However, please pray that I will be receptive to His will. I pray that He will hold me close when He shows me my great need. Blessings for the new year.

    • Ruth Modupe

      The reason many of us do the writing is because we want to belong to both “worlds”. Thank you for the inspiration. I pray for the grace to focus solely on
      Christ.

  • Guest

    This is perfect! I’ve been praying that God will lead me to a closer walk with Him this coming year, what a fabulous way to begin!

  • Melodious Echo

    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!! Here’s a quote from the book Education, p. 253 “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.” – Melody

    • Mpha

      Dear Melody, this is so challenging. We really need to surrender to God, the Creator and Redeemer. My only hope is that you are not saying that we should go to God with an empty mind since God created us as reasonable beings.

      • Melodious Echo

        Absolutely not!! All that I’m challenging people to do here is to surrender their will, their agenda, their plans and ask God for His to be accomplished. As we claim Isa. 55:8-9 and Jeremiah 33:3 and ask God to work HIS PLANS in our lives rather than pushing our own small self centered agenda. If we truly give God the pen and surrender control, He will do infinitely better than we can plan or imagine!! So all I’m saying is, “I challenge you to give God your life COMPLETELY and ask that His will, not yours, be done.” I pray this makes things more clear. 🙂

  • Kayreen kufa

    Thank you sis Melody
    Can’t stop reading this
    Very inspiring indeed

  • KarenBG

    Not my will, but yours be done Lord. Thank you for this beautiful visual of giving God the pen Sis. Melody.

  • Fortunate

    this is really inspiring. God take over my life henceforth

  • Ros Farrell

    Precious Lord, please let this be the deepest desire of my heart as l yield myself totally to you by Your grace, in the name of Jesus l ask. Amen

  • Annette Alleyne

    Thanks for the suggestion to hand God the pen. It is so easy to give Him my list. I prayer for strength to surrender to His will knowing my weakness. I am however greatful that His strength is made perfect when I am weak.

  • Joash Matonda

    This is the best way forward in 2016. I strongly agree and concur with the approach in humility as Jesus did on the cross by letting God’s will be done and not his.This time round as a pot in the potter’s hand,my sincere and earnest prayer is to surrender all to the author and finisher of our faith to take full control and sit on the steering wheel to direct my steps and admonish all my ways to fit his master-plan and purpose in this life he has blessed me with in Jesus Mighty Name.Amen!

  • Natasha

    My Precious Father in heaven, thou knowest just how my hearts’ been longing for You to be in total control over every aspect of my life. Dress, diet, attitude, enduring hurt and pain inorder to see others saved and temperance in all things etc. Help me to let go of whatever my flesh clings to passionately, so that I can rise into a pure an holy atmosphere where the rich current of thy love can fill my soul forevermore. I want to help finish the work, in Jesus name, I wish to fulfill my earthly purpose for 2016,amen.

    • Mutungi Joel

      Amen.

  • Irma

    Thank you Melody for your inspiring thought. I am giving the pen in my hands to to the Lord. So long I’ve been praying to God for a transformation in my life, and today I found the answer not my will but His will be done

  • Linella

    Thanks for this reading. I am taking up this challenge. Not I telling God what I want but letting Him write on my blank sheet

  • Joyce Mulligan

    Thanks Melody for the insight you gave us about the blank piece of paper and pen. I really appreciate this thought because I am a visual person and the blank paper and pen is something I can see in my mind. My history has been that I make New Years Resolutions and after a few days I blow it. I accept the challenge you have suggested and praise God that He has my life planned out the way He wants it and I pray that self will not get in the way. I also accept His Spiritual Improvement Goals for my life. Since I am human many ideas go through my head as to what these goals should be but I know He wants something deeper than what I can come up with because His thoughts are not my thoughts. He has already made the first goal clear to me and that is to spend even more time on my knees in fasting and prayer and to search the scriptures more. I long for the Holy Spirit to live in me and to take full control of my life. Lord, give me your insights and your wisdom, not my own!!!! My commitment is to be obedient to His calling. I see no good thing in myself but every good thing comes from Him. I desire to radiate His love to those I come in contact with and I totally surrender my life to the King of the Universe and thank Him for His Grace and Mercy.

    • Mutungi Joel

      Amen.

  • Mavhoro Tawona

    Amen and Amen. We don’t know how to pray but the Holy Spirit helps us with groaning. Romans 8.26. May thy will be done O Lord.

  • Mutungi Joel

    Amen. Thanks a lot for the blog.