Surrender Your Prayers

By Nicole Body

When I lost my job in 2014, I didn’t know what I was going to do. I had just recently got married and we had just signed a lease to rent a house that we were moving in to as my company car was being taken away. I put my résumé out to every company that I could find online within my field and prayed to God “Please God, let somebody call me and offer me a job!” I didn’t know what would happen if that didn’t occur. We had rent to pay, bills, and loans to pay back from school. What would we do?

I had one interview from over 30 submissions to different companies and only one job offer that was out of state that God was not leading me to take and we couldn’t do. I was in shock that God didn’t answer my prayer. This is the only thing I knew how to do. I went to college and studied this field and this is the only real job I had ever had!  

Until God showed up in a miraculous way that I couldn’t have even dreamt of…

I was told by the church I was volunteering for, that there was an opening to interview for a residency position. This would mean that I would work as a Young Adult Pastoral Resident and go to Denver Seminary. Of course I wanted to be part of that! What an amazing opportunity! Upon receiving the job, I couldn’t help thinking,

“But how strange… The one thing I prayed for over and over as if there was no hope was exactly the thing I didn’t need. God had a different plan for my life that I couldn’t have possibly seen coming and that I certainly wasn’t looking for.”

I learned the day that I got hired at Southeast Christian Church that I should bring my requests to God, but I am to surrender the outcomes to him trusting that he will guide my way and bring me exactly where I should be, when I should be there, what I should be doing, and that he knows far more than I do in all areas of my life. I can truly say that I now bring my requests before God, but I trust that his good and perfect will is going to be accomplished whether that is what I think I  want/need or not.

As we approach Easter, this reminds me of when Jesus died on the cross. His death certainly wasn’t the prayer of the disciples. They were looking for Jesus to be a king to deliver them and save them. They didn’t even realize that by dying and rising again, he answered the prayer they never asked for but the one thing that would deliver them and anyone who follows Jesus.

We should always pray and communicate to God with our desires but also knowing this about him:

"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” –Isaiah 55:9

And because God is perfect, sovereign, loving, and good, we can surrender our prayers to him and trust him in all things.