Surrender Brings Victory In The Wilderness
by Christine Jayakaran

If someone was to ask what would bring about the shortest wilderness experience, there might not be an answer to that. A wilderness can last anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of years, depending on our heart’s attitude and stance. If we are hard-hearted, stubbornly set in our ways, and unmindful of God, we might find ourselves there longer. Instead, when we allow ourselves to surrender to God and his ways, we begin to see victory right where we are at. 

Surrender is willful submission to God’s will for our lives. It’s saying yes to God’s intervention in our situations, giving him access to every crevice of our soul, and allowing him a say in our decisions. 

Surrender feels hard because we are wired to take control of things concerning us and move forward accordingly. This requires us to consciously sit back and allow God to do what he chooses to do in us, with us, and through us. 

Surrender is not giving up but giving in to the sovereignty of God. It is not an act of weakness but a formidable trust in the strength of an almighty God. 

If you are walking through a wilderness right now, would you choose to make this prayer? 


Loving Heavenly Father – I thank you for this wilderness season. I now see who I am and am awed that you still love me so much that you sent your son to save me. Thank you for continuing to be God this time- for being steadfast and sure even when everything around me wasn’t. Forgive me for speaking and acting in doubt and fear. Forgive me if I spoke against you. I now know you work all things together for my good. I know that you are preparing me for the next season in my life. I completely surrender myself to you to do with me as you choose. I am yours. Hold me close to you. Please speak to me in a way I can understand. May I become all that you desire me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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