12.29.20 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on prayer. Part 43. Surrender.

DEVOTION: Continuing yesterday’s thought.

For he claims all, because He is love and must bless. He cannot bless us unless He has us. When we try to keep within us an area that is our own, we try to keep an area of death. Therefore, in love, He claims all. There’s no bargaining with Him.” (Pg 102)

When we try to keep within us an area that is our own, we try to keep an area that is death.

Just wanted to make sure you caught that sentence. That is powerful.

Whatever we don’t surrender to God (oh there’s that word again) is death.

Lewis also uses the word bargaining here. There is no bargaining. No negotiations on what should and should not be surrendered.

He knows. All of it. There’s no hiding a part of you from God. He knows it all and wants it all. He wants to work in every part of our lives. Every part.

We talk ourselves into hanging on to this or that because it’s something that is comfortable or something that we don’t think will affect us….

We love to talk don’t we? Our Father knows best. He knows what’s best for us and best for our relationship with ourselves and our relationship with Jesus.

I know we keep saying this word but it’s a word we have to surrender to.



  1. Jennifer H on December 29, 2020 at 9:47 am

    This reminds me of I talk I had with one of my sponsors I had asked the question of why was it so hard to let go of some things that I knew were so hurtful for me I didn’t understand why I kept holding on to them and she told me she said letting go of your past is somewhat of a grieving process being that that is all you held onto and that is what you lived for so long it’s like a part of you that you’re letting go of. I am so grateful that today each and every morning I am able to wake knowing that everything of me has been surrendered to God and if there are some things that are still lingering I just asked God to search my heart! Sometimes things are a little bit hard to let go of but when we do it is such a wonderful Joy

    • NELA E on December 29, 2020 at 10:20 am

      Well said, Jennifer. Some situations in our lives, past or present, are so ingrained that it’s like pulling your own teeth, one at a time, with no pain killer!

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