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Surrender, Prayer, and Peace

Have you surrendered to God lately? I remember when this was "the word" for me. I needed to surrender. Yet surrendering is not just an event, but a way of life.
 

Have you prayed? We sometimes needlessly suffer torment because we neglect to pray. When something happens that upsets us, it is like all the horses getting out of the barn. 

We need to beckon those horses back, gathering them back. Prayer is when we invite God to the equation. God already knows and God is already with you. 

But in prayer, we invite God to come closer and and we are intentionally asking God to bring His peace that passes all understanding to bear on us. When we are shoved into the deep end of trouble, we are not going to be in a place mentally to pray any kind of eloquent prayer and that's okay. 

The idea is to turn yourself towards God, like putting your face to the sun or heading towards north. If you are curled up in a ball, and the wind is knocked out of you, just call out from your weak and tiny voice in the bottom of your heart. It may be a whisper or just a thought of the Father or Christ, and that is still prayer that God notices.

Are you abiding in God? One of my favorite prayers is, " I don't understand, but I trust you". I have often reflected on Job's words, "though he slay me, yet I will trust him" (Job 13:15). I have never gone through anything like Job did, but I am helped by his words when he suffered. When God gives us peace during a catastrophe, he does it. We just receive it.


The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that somebody hid in a field, which someone else found and covered up. Full of joy, the finder sold everything and bought that field. Matthew 13:44

I Surrender All


Text: J.W. Van Deventer, Music: W.S. Weeden 



All to Jesus I surrender; all to him I freely give; 
I will ever love and trust him, in his presence daily live. 

I surrender all, I surrender all, all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all. 


Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you. -1 Peter 5:7

What a Friend We Have in Jesus


Text: Joseph M. Scriven, 1820-1886, Music: Charles C. Converse, 1832-1918


What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created. -Romans 8:38-9

It Is Well with My Soul

Words: Horatio Spafford, Music: Philip Bliss.

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
It is well, (it is well),
With my soul, (with my soul)
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

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