Prayer of Relinquishment

How can we as mere humans, tell God who is the maker of the Universe, what He should or should not do?

“God, I must have this and this; God this is what I want you to do for me” – is not real prayer and hence receives no answer.

“A missionary became an invalid for 8 years. Constantly praying to God He would make her well, so that she might do His work. Finally, worn out with futile petition she prayed, “All right, I give up. If you want me to be an invalid for the rest of my life that’s Your business. Anyway, I’ve discovered that I want You more than I want health, You decide.”

Within 2 weeks she was completely healed.

“I’m tired of asking was the burden of my prayer. I’m beaten, finished. God, You decide what You want for me for the rest of my life…”

Acceptance says – “I trust the good will of God”

Not resignation, or defeat.

Acceptance says ” I trust the good will, the love of my God. I’ll open my arms and my understanding to what He has allowed to come to me. Since I know that He means to make all things work together for good, I consent to this present situation with hope for what the future will bring.”

Acceptance is the Prayer of Relinquishment, a true prayer of faith that actively trusts God.

Say to God “I accept this”

Only in acceptance lies peace – not in forgetting nor in resignation, nor in busyness. His will is good, acceptable and perfect.

Acceptance leaves the door of Hope wide open to God’s creative plan.

  • Excerpt from “Beyond Ourselves” by Catherine Marshall; first published 1962.

 

(Image: Peter raises Tabitha from death: found in Acts 9: 36-43)

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