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Acceptance Prayer: 5 Prayers for Surrendering It All to God  

A not-so-great fact of my life is that I struggle to let go and give it all to God. I have a hard time surrendering control of my life to Him. Even knowing that He knows what is best for me.  

I love being able to fix things. To figure it out on my own. To manipulate situations so that the outcome is what I want it to be. And come up with solutions that will make things better.  

This is great in the workplace. I can solve problems with computer issues or come up with ideas to better serve our customers.  

It’s even great with my kids and at home. I can easily adjust things and come up with solutions so that everyone is taken care of. (Forgot the air mattresses when up north to visit family? Not a problem. Couch cushions and pillows to the rescue!) 

The problem with loving to fix things is when you encounter things that can’t be fixed.

Like health issues. Or relational problems. (Because whether you like it or not you can’t change someone else.) 

This is what happened to me when I was diagnosed with a chronic illness. I really struggled. (And to be honest, I still struggle some days.)

Because there is no cure.  

There is nothing I can do. I can’t fix it. I can’t change it. It just is what it is.  

This is my life. Whether I like it or not. And some days it’s tough to accept this.  

And yet, God is showing me that acceptance can be quite freeing.  

Because constantly striving and fighting to change things that can’t be changed. Or to fix things that can’t be fixed is exhausting, stressful, and can easily lead to burn-out.  

This is why God gives us the beautiful gift of acceptance. By learning to live with things the way they are, and choosing to surrender it all to God, we can learn how to let go.  

And trust the One who is really in control.

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What does acceptance mean?

Whenever we encounter problems in our life the next step is to learn the concept of acceptance.

Often our first response is anger. Or denial. But to move on, we must accept what is happening. Even if we don’t like it.  

Two of the definitions of the word “accept” is “to endure without protest or reaction”, and “to recognize as true: BELIEVE.” 

To accept an unfortunate circumstance in our life means: 

  • To endure it. (We stop trying to change it.) 
  • To believe it. (We stop trying to deny it.) 

We may have to do a gut-wrenchingly honest and fearless moral inventory. And ask the Holy Spirit to work a spiritual awakening in our hearts to reveal the level of acceptance and trust in Him we really have.  

A good question to ask ourselves is are we worrying about it? Or are we at peace about it? 

If we are worrying about it, we are most likely still fighting for control. 

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” 

-Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

The Importance of Acceptance

This is God’s world. He is in control of it all. In every moment of every day, He is working in thousands of ways that we cannot see. And He knows what He is doing.  

The importance of acceptance is found in realizing that I cannot keep going on my life’s terms. I cannot keep trying to fix everything. Or control everything so that it all goes according to my plan.  

Living like that is exhausting. Stressful. And pointless. Because we can’t control it all anyway.  

Life happens. Storms come and go. Bad things happen to good people. And there is nothing we can do to stop it.  

But we can choose to trust the One who is in control of everything. And we can choose to have faith in the One who knows so much more than we do about what we are going through. (Isaiah 55:8)  

This is the value of acceptance.

Realizing that I am not in control. But I am dearly loved by the One who is.  

So, I can let go of my endless striving. And simply rest in Him.  

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” 

-Isaiah 55:8 NLT
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What is the meaning of acceptance prayer?

Acceptance prayer is all about coming before God, laying everything at His feet, and choosing to trust Him with it all.   

It’s about taking a posture of surrender. And choosing to live by faith. Even when we can’t understand God’s ways. 

In acceptance prayer, we tell God that we choose to place our hope in Him, not our circumstances. And we choose to submit to His will for our lives, doing whatever He calls us to do.  

Even if that is to simply be still and wait on Him.  

As children of God, we can remember that no matter what God allows in our lives: 

  • He loves us dearly. (1 John 4:9-10) 
  • He is with us in every moment. (Deuteronomy 31:8) 
  • And He is working all things out for our good. (Romans 8:28) 

“Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?”   

-Job 2:10 NLT

What is the full acceptance prayer?

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can. And the wisdom to know the difference.” 

This prayer is called the “serenity prayer” and is often considered the go-to acceptance prayer. Because it’s a very simple way to pray and ask God for help in letting go and trusting Him. 

A snow covered field and trees with the colors from a sunrise in the sky. And the verse, "Be still and know that I am God." -Psalm 46:10 NIV

5 Acceptance Prayers for Surrendering It ALL to God

Prayer is one of the most powerful tools we can use to combat the many problems, issues, and trials in our lives. While we may need to accept what is going on. That doesn’t mean we stop praying about it all.  

Accepting our circumstances means we stop striving and trying to fix it all on our own. And instead, we choose to pray to God and trust that He will work it all out in His perfect way. And His perfect timing.  

Acceptance Prayer for My Problems Today

Dear God,  

First things first, I have to admit I’m feeling worried and apprehensive about the problems I’m facing today. But I also know fear and worry cannot change anything.  

But You can. 

So, help me to trust You.  

Comfort me and help me to be at peace knowing that You go before me. You already know exactly how everything is going to work out. And You will hold my hand through it all.  

I may not be able to change the things I must face today. But I can accept them knowing You are working all things out according to Your perfect plan.  

In Jesus’s Name, Amen. 

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Acceptance Prayer for a Serious Problem

Abba Father,  

I need You to show up. I need You to work a miracle in this situation. I cannot face this on my own. And I desperately need Your power and strength to help me get through this.  

Because my heart is broken within me, and the pain threatens to overwhelm me.  

I don’t know how to deal with this serious problem I’m facing. And to be honest, I’m finding it hard to accept the fact that You allowed this to happen.  

But at the same time, I know You love me. And I know You have good plans for me. Even if right now, those good plans are hard to see.  

So, Lord please help me to accept this. Give me the mental strength I need to trust that there is a reason You have allowed this. And to look for the good that can come out of it.  

Be my strength. Be my peace. And help me to trust You as You lead me.  

Amen. 

A woman praying and the words, "Lord Jesus, Be my strength. Be my peace. And help me to trust You as You lead me. Amen."

Acceptance Prayer for Daily Life

Lord Jesus,  

I need your help on a daily basis to accept the things going on in my life. I tend to worry, stress out, and try to fix it all on my own. And my endless striving only leaves me anxious, overwhelmed, frustrated, and exhausted.

But You have a better way for me to deal with these things.  

You ask me to give it all to You. To leave it all in Your hands and trust that You are working it all out. Because You love me and know what is best for me.

I don’t have the power to change anything. But You do. So, help me to let go and surrender it all to You.  

In Jesus Name, Amen.  

A woman sitting on the centerline of a road, looking off into the distance. And the words, "Lord, Help me to leave it all in Your hands and trust that You are working all things out according to Your perfect plan. Amen."

Acceptance Prayer for Comfort and Peace

Oh Lord,  

I need Your comfort and peace to surround me. Because I’m finding it hard to accept the things I’m facing.  

Help me to remember the hope I have in You. The fact that You are working all things out for my good. (Romans 8:28) And the truth that things won’t always be this way. (Rev. 21:4) 

Because of Your Son’s sacrifice on the cross, I have been given the gift of eternal life.  

Someday everything will be made right. But until then, I can hold onto Your promise to be right by my side.  

Because I know no matter what I’m going through I can turn to You.  

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for Your precious promises to me. That You can help me find comfort and peace no matter what I’m facing. And that because of You I have the hope of a better tomorrow.

Amen 

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Acceptance Prayer for Personal Growth 

Heavenly Father,  

I know the first step I need to take to grow is to accept how my life is. I can’t change it. I can’t fix it.  

But I can work on me.  

So, help me to see my defects of character and the ways I impede my own recovery and spiritual progress. 

Release me from the bondage of self. Show me the sins I have committed against others that I need to confess and repent of.

And help me to have a spirit of forgiveness for those who have hurt me.  

Help me to focus on the things I can change. The things I need to work on. And then help me to learn how to leave the rest in Your more than capable hands. 

Thank you, Lord, for loving me too much to leave me the way that I am.  

And for helping me to work on my own growth so that my issues won’t get in the way of my usefulness for Your Kingdom.  

Amen  

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Acceptance as a Way of Life

I may have big problems. But I have an even bigger God. And He has promised to: 

  • Be with me every step of the way.
  • To use it all to grow my faith.
  • And to right all the wrongs someday. 

I may never get well. I may always struggle with health issues on this side of Heaven. But my body is still God’s handiwork.  

And it is good. Broken and all.  

This is the power of an acceptance prayer. Because when we learn to accept what God has allowed in our life, He can get to work.

Growing us. Developing our character. And teaching us what a life of faith really looks like.  

Because while we cannot change the unfortunate circumstances in our lives . . . we can trust the One who can.  

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