Graceful Surrender

“This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.”  Jeremiah 18:1-10 NIV

Break me, oh Lord – this is an interesting prayer and discussion among some of my friends. It came up when one friend was reading “Dangerous Prayers” by Craig Groeschel.  I have been following the daily devotional on the Bible app with the same name and it really makes you question what stands between you and God – specifically between you and total surrender.

One response Mr. Groeschel spoke about in relation to the “Break Me” prayer was a lady who feared what bad things might happen and how it would impact her children.  My heart broke for her and I do not even know her.  She obviously did not study the potter and the clay and does not know God – because he is a good God.

It is possible that you’ve been broken before by a list of horrible things that you have suffered through, and those things are the troubles of this world. This is not a prayer for troubles to come upon you.

When I had a miscarriage and that child’s father decided he wanted other women in his life – it broke me.  This is not God breaking me. This was sin – and a planet ruled by sin – the separation of man from God that happened at the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and the curse on this planet until the triumphant Day of the Lord to happen as detailed in Revelations.  In this world we will have struggles.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

But Jesus says he has overcome and to get through these struggles we surrender more to Him and he turns what the enemy meant for evil into good.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 NIV

God did not kill my unborn child, God did not put it in the heart of my sweetheart to run around, God did not cause any of the bad things that have happened in my life to have happened.  But God used those circumstances to grow me closer to him and for his glory.

As we see the potter with the clay and the clay breaks, becomes misshaped, the potter reforms it. Have you ever watched a potter work? It is gentle and tender.  Potters work carefully. They love their clay, it is valuable to them.  So when we pray for God to break us we can have the confidence that God will also be tender and careful – we are valuable to him.  He is a good God. And having been broken by sins and struggles of  this world does not make us exempt from asking God to reshape us into his vessels through his goodness.

So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. Mark 10:18 NKJV
As I have said before – Good is SO GOOD – even Jesus won’t let people call him good.  I pray that sinks into your hearts. His love and mercy and goodness.

“You are good and do good” Psalm 119:68a
So when we pray: Lord break me – he will do good.  Maybe we think too lightly of the goodness of God?

“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” Romans 2:4
It’s his love – his goodness – that draws us to him – have we forgotten what a good God he is? This world is so evil that the truth of the depth of his goodness forgotten as we no longer see such deep goodness in mankind? He calls us his children.  Do we as humans truly know how to be a good parent as we have been corrupted by this world?

“And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

God gives good and perfect things – no variation – no bait-n-switch. Not the struggles of this world – those are the trouble that Jesus said would come and that He has won over – no, Just goodness!

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17

When the Lord God, breaks us and shapes us and transforms us – when we truly surrender to his will – it is all goodness and joy! It is GOOD – that deep and glorious grace filled kind of GOOD. Yes, grace. Have we forgotten that we are in the New Testament times – the times of GRACE. The work of the cross and our salvation!

“The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works.” Psalm 145:9

Of course we shall still have troubles – but not from God. God will work them for our good. He is a good good father. I know who my Abba (my Daddy) is. Do you?

“For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.” Psalm 86:5

Be encouraged – be brave – submit all areas of your life to him and let him shape you into who he intended you to be – fearfully and wonderfully made. Let him transform you.  As we cry out that this generation needs a mighty God – he replies I need a bold and brave people.  God works through us and if we are not finished being made or we are hindering his works (maybe accidentally) or if we are wimps and won’t let him use us – then we cannot see this MIGHTY GOD move as we cry out for his movement.  

Now to those who persevere in prayer for big miracles:
God is still good. His timing is perfect and good. His power is still mighty and loving. The completed works of the cross shall be made manifest in our lives and the lives of those we pray for.  Our needs are being met.

“Now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant.” 2 Samuel 7:28

I pray today that he encourage you and me in our persistence. As the Bible instructs fathers not to wear out their children, neither will our Father frustrate us.
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.” Colossians 3:21

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

~Grace be with you ~
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