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  • Writer's pictureDarrell Stetler II

A Prayer for Discipleship: Surrendering to God's Will

Updated: May 6, 2023

If you're seeking a deeper connection with God and a stronger commitment to following His will, this prayer for discipleship can guide you on your journey. By surrendering control and trusting in His guidance through the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, you can find peace and purpose in your life.

Here's how to create a prayer for discipleship, and examples of how you can pray:

Acknowledge God's Sovereignty:

The first step in surrendering to God's will is acknowledging His sovereignty. He is the creator of the universe and has a plan for each of our lives. When we recognize that He is in control and trust in His wisdom and love, we can let go of our own desires and plans. This can be a difficult step, but it is essential in order to fully surrender to God's will.

Confess Your Struggle to Surrender:

It can be hard to admit when we are struggling to surrender to God's will... but it's better to just be honest about it. After all, he already knows exactly how you're feeling. We may feel ashamed or embarrassed that we are not able to fully trust in Him. But confessing our struggle is an important step in the process of surrender. It allows us to be honest with ourselves and with God, and opens the door for Him to work in our hearts and help us let go of control.

Ask for the Holy Spirit's Help:

One of the most powerful ways to surrender to God's will is to ask for the help of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, and is often referred to as the Comforter or the Advocate. He is the one who helps us to understand God's will and empowers us to live according to it. So as you pray for surrender, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in the way that God wants you to go.

Pray for a Heart of Obedience:

Surrendering to God's will requires a heart of obedience. As you pray for discipleship, ask God to give you a heart that is willing to obey His commands.

I have prayed, many times, "Lord, I am willing to be made willing."

Remember that obedience is not always easy, but it is always worth it. When you surrender your will to God's, you open yourself up to His blessings and His perfect plan for your life... even if that plan looks like suffering, conflict, or difficulty.

Prayer for Discipleship: A Classic Example

I am no longer my own, but yours.

Put me to what you will, place me with whom you will.

Put me to doing, or put me to suffering.

Let me be put to work for you or set aside for you,

Praised for you or criticized for you.

Let me be full, let me be empty.

Let me have all things, or let me have nothing.

I freely and fully surrender all things To your glory and service.

And now, O wonderful and holy God,

Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,

You are mine, and I am yours.

So be it.

And the covenant which I have made on earth,

Let it also be made in heaven.


(Updated From John Wesley's Covenant Prayer)

Prayer for Discipleship: A Modern Example

Father in heaven, I come before you today with a heart that is struggling to fully surrender to your will. But I'm here because I am willing to be made willing to obey.

Following in the footsteps of my Teacher, Jesus, I say, "Not my will, but yours be done."

Please help me to have a heart of obedience, one that is willing to follow your commands even when they are difficult or unclear. Give me the strength to trust in your goodness and wisdom, knowing that you have a plan for my life that is far greater than anything I could ever imagine. Thank you for your love and grace, and for always being with me on this journey of discipleship. Amen.

Important principle: Base your Discipleship Prayer on the Bible.

When we say "ask the Holy Spirit to guide you," it is important to remember that His guidance will always accord with the written Word of God. There are many words in Scripture that we can use for strength and clarity when we're praying. For instance, you can try praying based on this 3 minute video for discipleship prayers:

How to build on your Prayer for Discipleship:

The facts are this: Prayer is great, but must be combined with an active faith that is ready to move forward.

If you're ready to act on your desire to be a disciple of Jesus, not just a fan, then why not get this new Christian Bible reading plan emailed to you for free?

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