“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you” (Romans 8:11).

Many who have made an absolute surrender feel how little they really understand it. They have prayed, “Lord God, if we are to know what it really means, you must take possession of us.” By faith, God does accept our surrender. Although the experience and power of if may not come at once, we should hold fast our faith in God until it does. If absolute surrender is to be lived out, it is by the transforming power of Christ entering into our life. Christ is our life. We often plead with God to work in the church and in the world that by the power of the Holy Spirit so His people may be sanctified and sinners saved. We must not neglect to pray also for ourselves, so that Christ takes full possession of us and that He will be able to work through us so others might meet Jesus. Let us yield ourselves to God in prayer that He might search our hearts and reveal to us whether Christ is our life.

Many want eternal life but do not press on to the life here on earth of surrender to Christ. Have you felt afraid to make a complete surrender because you felt unworthy? Consider this: Your worthiness is not in yourself or in the intensity of your consecration; your worthiness is in Christ Himself. Jesus Christ wants to be your companion so you will never be alone. There is no trial or difficulty through which you will pass without His promise: “I will be with you.” No battle with sin or temptation, no weakness that makes you tremble at the consciousness of what you are in yourself, excludes the fact that Christ is at your side every moment.

Adapted from Power in Prayer by A. Murray