This prayer comes at the end of chapter 6 in Francis Chan’s book Crazy Love:
“Jesus, I need to give myself up. I am not strong enough to love You and walk with You on my own. I can’t do it, and I need You. I need You deeply and desperately. I believe You are worth it, that You are better than anything else I could have in this life or the next. I want You. And when I don’t, I want to want You. Be all in me. Take all of me. Have Your way with me.”
I love this prayer. I can’t imagine being in a place in life where this prayer would not be appropriate.
I encourage you to pray this right now, right where you are. Yes, it can be helpful to reflect on it, to think about it, to mull it over…
But nothing takes the place of praying it. You will never fully understand what you are praying and you will never fully “mean it” – that is just more bootstrap spirituality.
Give. It. Up.
Let. It. Go.
Give. In. To. Jesus.
He understands. He loves you.
Don’t let your sin get in the way. Don’t let someone else’s sin get in the way. Don’t let your theology (oh yes, you have one) get in the way. Don’t let the church or any church or any church leader (past or present) get in the way.
Where ever you are, give into Jesus. Give into Jesus more than you have already. Even if you already have, do it again. We can never give into Jesus enough.
Oh, and read Crazy Love. It is a seriously good book.