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How To Surrender To God And Let Go Of Our Plans – 5 Powerful Ways To Let God Lead

Have you ever wondered how to surrender to God and let go, as you make plans? In this month of goals, planning, and resolutions it can be easy to chase after our plans instead of making sure that our plans are aligned with His. How do we do that? Keep reading!

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How To Surrender To God

We hear a lot about “surrender” but what does that really mean? Today we are going to really break it down in a quest to learn how to surrender to God and let go of our plans. It’s so important to make sure our plans are in line with God’s, especially around this time of year as we step into the New Year.

If you are anything like me you’ve been doing a fair share of planning over the last few weeks, so I thought this would be a timely moment to dive into the subject of how to surrender to God and let go of our plans.

What Does It Mean To Surrender To God?

Surrendering to God means letting go of our plans, and letting God have His way in every aspect of our lives. Allowing Him to guide our steps and direct our decisions. As Christians this means we surrender our will for His perfect will, and follow God. 

Why Do We Need To Surrender To God?

Full surrender to God means that we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, when we become Christians we must surrender our life to Him. We are not meant to keep certain parts back but surrender our whole life to Him in an act of obedience and complete trust.  

How Do You Surrender To God Spiritually?


As Christians, we are called to turn over every aspect of our lives to God’s control, but how do you surrender to God spiritually? There is no one-step way to surrender to God, it’s a daily, moment by moment choice to give it to God. Here are some ways that you can surrender to God spiritually:

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Surrendering To God Through Prayer

When we are trying to let go, and let God direct our planning, it’s really important that we spend time in prayer. Why is prayer important? Because it,

  • It’s the first step when it comes to how to surrender to God and let go.
  • Changes our perspective.
  • Shifts our focus to our Creator.
  • Is a direct line to God.
  • Places our plans before Him as we seek direction.
  • It reminds us to rely on Him.
  • It allows us to seek His will.

Let Go And Let God Direct Our Plans: Seek God Will

The best way to seek God’s will when you are trying to let go and let God direct your step is to spend time in your Bible. The Bible is the living, breathing word of God which makes it the best way to spend time with him. As you read your Bible you’ll be able to decide if

  • your plans line up with God’s.
  • If your goals are Godly ones.
  •  And often find direction as you seek how to surrender to God and let go of your plans.

How To Surrender To God and Let Go: Seek Godly Counsel

The next step in how to surrender to God and let go of our plans is to seek out godly Christians that we trust and listen to their counsel. They will be able to pour into your life and are often removed from the situation enough that they can bring a fresh view to the table as you let go and let God direct your steps.

At the very least these people can pray for you as you seek God’s will in your life and planning.

Let Go and Let God: Fasting

Fasting goes hand in hand with prayer, as you seek how to surrender to God and let Him lead you.

Here are some great reads on fasting:

How To Surrender To God: Wait

Sometimes when we are trying to figure out how to surrender to God and let go of our plans, we forget that we need to wait on God. We can’t just throw up a prayer, get some advice, and charge ahead. We need to be in step with God so that not only did we seek Him in the planning, but also in the timing.

While you’re in the waiting stages of surrender, focus on the prayer, spending time in the word, and keep doing the last thing He told you to do.

Bible Verses On Surrendering To God

These are some of our favorite Bible verses about surrendering to God to help you let go of your plans and let God take control:

  • Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Psalm 25:5 ESV 
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 
  • I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1
  • And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10
  • “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
  • Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
  • Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Surrendering To God and Letting Go

Surrendering and letting go is never going to be easy, our natural instincts urge us to move on with our plans and our timetable. And sometimes we make a plan assuming that it’s Gods, and try to force Him into it. But this isn’t surrender, and can only end in pain, frustration, and heartbreak.

Let go of your plans, and let God direct your path. He has had a plan for your life since the beginning of time, no step along your journey has been missed. Trust Him, and surrender your plans before Him as a sacrifice to your savior.

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25 thoughts on “How To Surrender To God And Let Go Of Our Plans – 5 Powerful Ways To Let God Lead”

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I have always haf a tendancy to charge in and ask God to bless my decisions after the fact. I need to surrender and let God lead.

    1. I remember when a prophetic word about surrender was spoken in my church. I knew it was for me. I was too afraid because i thought it ws a bad thing now i know it wasnt. I thought if i surrendered God would take everything away you see it was the first time in years my husband actually had a decent job but my husband being who he is he lost it. Thats when i gave up and decided if i wanted a roof over mine and my childrens head it would be up to me. So i worked long hours to provide. My husband went on like he always does losing jobs and spending money. Now he is totally disabled and still making wrong decisions. He betrays me with spending and hiding financial decisions. I am still working long hours to provide. I feel like Abraham who chose to do it his way. I feel hopeless and that it is too late. Can God forgive me for my unfaithfulness? Will he? Is it too late to change my circumstances? I have no love or respect for my husband i just exist. I attend church but not on a regular basis and do not have anyone to confide in.

      1. I wish I could give you a great big hug Vickie. It is never too late. Never, as long as we are alive. Many fear that, but God is not that way. What he wants for us is more than we could even imagine. He is such a good Father. He is a provider, he is the lover of our soul. I am sorry that your husband has disappointed you and betrayed you but know that your Daddy, your Abba, your Father God never will. God can and will forgive you. His arms are open wide. Run to him, Vickie. Run into his loving arms and experience his love and forgiveness. Get back into a good bible teaching church. Seek his will for you and your children. Teach them about their loving Father in heaven. Father, we lift up our friend Vickie. We ask you to help her to come to you. We thank you for calling her. Help her to fall in love with you. Help her to not be distracted. Keep the devil and his lies from her. Help her to run with all she is and all she has into your arms. Help her to teach her children to love you with all their heart, souls and minds. I lift up her marriage to you. Help her husband find you and give himself fully to you. Restore their marriage Lord. Give them a renewed love for one another. In Jesus name, Amen.

      2. Vickie, i am sorry to hear that you are going this hard time with you family financially. To answer your question about God forgiving you, yes he can forgive. go before him confess all that you have done that you believe has brought you to this place of hopelessness. He said if we confess our sins and repent from them, he is faith and just to forgive us our sins. I want to let you know that there is a good news for you, Jesus said he did not come for those who are whole, but he came for the sick. Be rest assured that Jesus loves you and is waiting for you come closer to him. I pray that he Lord help you and your family to be financially stable in Jesus name. I do understand that feeling or longing to talk to someone when when you desperately need it, However, go and talk to the Lord and share your burdens to him, he is waiting for you to surrender and return home.

  2. I am so glad you answered my question online. Thank you.
    My pilgrimage to a deeper relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ, started years ago with a tiny book by Jeanne Guyon “Experiencing The Depths of Jesus Christ”.
    You are a beautiful blessing ladies.

  3. Ryan Saulsbury

    Thank you. That really helped me a lot. I am a Christian who reverted back to my old sinful ways and it has been eating away at me inside. I have been struggling greatly with bringing myself to complete surrender to Jesus and I have been getting very discouraged and frustrated. I will apply what I have read and get with Jesus.

  4. Thank you for helping me understand what it means to surrender to His will and to turn over all of me so the He can work His will through me…..

  5. majotiba makanga

    Please make corrections to Psalm 3:5-6 it should rather be proverbs.
    The post is a blessing to me. Fantastic one

  6. Adekunle Olufunke Evelyn

    I am so glad and happy I found this site. God bless you richly.i have been struggling for a while to be much closer to God more than am doing and He is now closer , am feeling the peace of God within and around me right now. Am closer to my Abba father now more than ever before

    1. Hello Adekunle, it is so good to hear from you. We are so happy that you found us too. Thank you for your blessing to us. I am sorry to hear that you have been struggling with your relationship with the Lord but glad that you now feel Him closer. We are praying that you will grow stronger in your walk and closer to the Father every day. We bless you dear friend!

      1. Thank you for sharing this word it has been very helpful I have been and is still struggling in this area of surrendering it all to God pray that I let go and let God have his way in my life God Bless You !

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