Praying for surrender: Matthew 16:9-21

God of Creation, we surrender to you.

You are the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of Moses and David, and you are our God. We are proud to call you Creator, and your Word tells us that you delight to call us your sons and daughters — your adopted children who are your very own special treasure.

O God, even as your children, we run and hide from you, and it is your grace that sustains us and calls us to deny ourselves and follow you. Your Word also says that when we return, you lead heaven in celebration — like a shepherd who has found a lost sheep, or a woman who has found a lost coin, or a father who has found his wayward child. Teach us as You did Moses, to walk by faith, each day searching for your presence, glory, and direction.

For we are yours alone.

Jesus Christ, Lord of All, we surrender to you.

You came to earth and walked in our shoes.  You know what tension we encounter.  We turn to you when we have no where else to go — you alone have the words of eternal life. Please start our faith anew and continue it until it is complete. We look forward to the day when all creation will bow at your name — the name that is above all things in heaven and on earth, and under the earth.

For we are yours alone.

Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life, we surrender to you.

Come now and hover above and around us and within us, and create in us clean hearts; renew our spirits, so that we may hunger and thirst after righteousness and not after the things of this world. Tomorrow will come, and we will face temptations from the world, the flesh, and the darkness. Help us not to fear, but to remember that you are within us to give us power to take captive every thought to the obedience of Christ. Fill us, we pray, with your holy presence and mighty power so that we may walk in a manner worthy of our calling that overcomes any darkness.

For we are yours alone.


Matthew 16:9-21

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend 5 minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the breath.
  • Read this prayer aloud.
  • What word or phrase captures your attention?
  • Spend 3 to 5 minutes meditating on this word or phrase.  Notice what meaning comes to you.
  • Read this prayer aloud again.
  • What message to you hear from God in this prayer?
  • Spend 3 to 5 minutes meditating on this message.
  • Read this prayer aloud a third time.
  • What call to action do you hear from God?
  • Savor any response you hear.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer, and any new messages you have received today.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 28, 2011,  the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 105: 1-6, 23-26, 45c
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

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