Listen to this devotion
Giving It Up
In the Word
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32).
Of the Word
She loved the dress from the moment she purchased it. The fabric, the color, and the shape were perfect; unfortunately, that was two dress sizes ago. So she placed it in the box destined for the resale store. Just as her husband picked up the donations, she snatched up the dress. She just could not give it up!
Regrettably, this can also describe our prayer life. Our petition may be fervent, but it is attached to elastic. We give it to the Lord only for a moment before we snap it back to our control. Whether due to impatience or fear, we refuse to completely surrender. We fail to remember, He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32).
God the Father willingly gave up His Son Jesus as the sacrifice for our sins. Yet, we cling to our rebellious belief that we deserve the control. How can we refuse to completely give up our concerns and requests to such a merciful and gracious God? Each time we lift our hearts in prayer we humbly place our faith and trust in His will in our lives.
Walking with my Lord
Lord, when I struggle to fully surrender to Your will, remind me of all that Jesus gave up for me. In His name. Amen.