I wrote this prayer during the Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference in 2019. I followed the prayer walk to a waterfall. The words of one of my favorite hymns came to mind as I pictured the deer panting for water.
Just as the deer thirsts for water, I longed to have peace about what was going to happen in my life.
Uncertainty is often the place where fear finds its grip on our thoughts. Yet, the rushing sound of the stream somehow steadies the floundering spirit. Strange how that is.
The words to this familiar hymn struck an unfamiliar tug on my heart, to you alone may my spirit yield. I realized the many ways my spirit yielded to other things. I named each one, refusing to allow them to stand in front of my Savior.
Earlier that morning the Holy Spirit spoke into my th0ughts with these out-of-the-blue words, “I will put a new song in your mouth.” I hurried to look up the rest of the verse. And to my amazement, it was about the very topic of the book I sent to agents and editors, whom I was about to meet with.
“He put a new song in my mouth. A song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:3
I’m yielded to Jesus, not outcomes. When we obey the Lord, we don’t have to fret about results.
Spend a few quiet moments with God and ask him to show you what areas your spirit is not yielded to the Lord. Then name each one in prayerful surrender.
If you feel comfortable, share in the comments, “I will not yield my spirit to_____.”