As I sit down to write each of my Wheatful Wednesday devotionals, I always start with remembering y’all. Believe it or not, we have a calendar of devotion topics that are scheduled a year in advance with y’all in mind. Yesterday, I sat down to write this devotional on the topic of surrender in the waiting asking the Lord to give me His wisdom. I always ask for wisdom before writing but something about this request felt different to me. I found myself writing on a topic of which I am in the midst of. I am in the middle of understanding how to surrender in this season of waiting. This season of waiting is unlike any season any of us have ever experienced. Due to COVID-19, we find ourselves with extra responsibilities, worries, and unknowns. We may be learning to be a teacher to our children, finding extra time to steward well, or in a season of leadership within our careers. No matter what your surrender in the waiting looks like today, I want you to know I’m writing these words coming from a place of walking in the thick of it with you. I do not have answers, clarity, or the ability to predict what is to come but I do know the One who can do all of these things and more.
I’ve been reading in 1 Samuel 1:1-20. This passage talks about God rewarding persevering in faith. Samuel’s mother, Hannah, persevered in prayer and God gave her a son. Faithful to her promise, she gave her son back to God.
What does our waiting look like today? What desire of your heart feels stronger than all desires right now? What prayer are you waiting to be answered? I encourage you to identify what that is this morning and release it to the Lord in surrender.
You might be thinking, but Brittany, what does surrendering look like when things are so unfamiliar and chaotic right now? If you’re anything like me, your surrender becomes an hourly practice or a practice you are forced into after a meltdown. I want to end today’s devotional with a few practical ways we can surrender together this week through prayer.
Let’s challenge ourselves to find non-negotiable time in our days the rest of this week to release these desires to the Lord. I want to challenge us to find ten minutes at (or around) the same time today, tomorrow, and Friday to practice this intentional prayer sequence. For me, I commit to doing this following my quiet time in the morning around 7:30 am.
- What enduring name do you give our God? God, Lord, Father, Abba, Dad? Start your prayer with this familiar and never-failing love name you have for our God.
- Take upon a posture of prayer. For me, this is getting on my knees and turning my palms up as I feel the Holy Spirit inviting me in. Some days, that’s immediate. Other days, I sit before the Lord for a moment before I turn my palms up.
Place your desires before the Lord. Tell Him of the aches of your soul. The prayers you have over your life and the lives of those you love. Ask the Lord for His desires to become your desires.
- Pray for others
- Pray for your soul
- Praise Him for the work He has done and will do. Think of something to give Him praise for and be grateful.
- Sit in expectancy for the ways He is leading you and your life for His good and His Kingdom so we might know Him more and love others as He has loved us.
1 Samuel 15:22 New Century Version
“What pleases the Lord more; burnt offerings and sacrifices or obedience to his voice? It is better to obey than to sacrifice. It is better to listen to God than to offer the fat of sheep.”
I would love to open up our conversation within our Facebook group and also through email. If you have a prayer request you would like to share either with the community through Facebook or directly with me, I’d love to invite you to do that. You can click here to join our Facebook group or respond to this email to share directly with me. Lifting this community of women up as we seek and find our Father this week.