10 White Flag Prayers for a Surrendered Life

Editor’s Note: Surrender. Should we sit here and try to unpack that word together? We’d be here for a while, wouldn’t we? To cut to the chase, Merriam Webster defines “Surrender” this way, “to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another”. Though the Bible doesn’t give us a word for word definition for surrender, we can very clearly see a theme of relinquishing all control to the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Surrender can look a little different on everyone you meet. Our circumstances will tend to require us to give up our lives in a new way with every new season. One thing we do know for sure? The second we stop fighting what we fear and surrender our own plans, we free fall into God’s divine plan to develop and sanctify us from the inside. We’ve consolidated 10 of our favorite prayers for a surrendered life from I Give Up by Laura Story (and there’s more where these came from!). We’re even hosting an Online Bible Study with Laura from her book and curriculum, I Give Up. We’re going to take steps towards discovering the secret joy to a surrendered life together. We get started on October 7th and hope you’ll accept our invitation to join the study, too! Register today!



God, I give up. I surrender now my need for control and ask You to begin a work in my life. Amen.


God, I don’t want to compete with You for control of my life. You know me — all my fears, impatience, and, at times, even my unbelief. Holy God, Creator of the universe, help me to daily surrender to You as the Lord of my life.


God, You are good and trustworthy. Thank you for wanting a relationship with me. May my deepest longing be to surrender to Your great love and care for me. Amen.


God, You know me and are always working for my good. Show me the wisdom of staying in step with Your Spirit instead of jumping ahead on my own. Amen.


Thank You, Father, for loving me based on who You are and not on my worthiness or performance. Help me to love others in the same agenda-free way. Amen.


You are a promise-keeping God. I surrender to You and trust You to never let me go. Amen.


God, I confess my need to gain and keep control of things and ask for Your help in letting go of ____________. It’s all Yours. Now help me leave it there with you. Amen.


I am choosing to believe that You are the God who is always in control. Today, in this moment, even when things don’t seem to be going the way I’d like, I will trust that You know what’s best for me. Amen.


Father, I’m acting on the belief that You are who You say You are and that You can do what You say You can do, regardless of my circumstances. Amen.


God, I know my surrender to You is never solely personal — it affects my family, my church, and my community. Help me be a light and a blessing wherever I go. Amen.

Excerpted with permission from I Give Up by Laura Story, copyright Laura Story.

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Your Turn

Let’s join together prayer of surrender for the next 10 days. Pray these prayers over your loved ones. Maybe jot down a few in your journal, memorize a few, and share them with a friend. Which white flag are you raising today? Come share on our blog!

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