I want to plant a visual icon in your mind for the Prayer of Relinquishment. To do so I need to tell you a little story—you will see how it fits presently.
[I was part of] a small gathering of about fifteen social workers. We met in my friend’s home. The first night on gentleman shared frankly, “Be easy on me because I am not one of you.” This was his way of saying that he was not a Christian, and the group received his comment graciously.
Throughout the weekend, the Spirit of God rested tenderly upon the entire group, so much so that this same gentleman asked quietly, “Would you pray for me that I might know Jesus the way you know Jesus?” …
Strange as it may seem [one group member] prayed a commercial. He described a popular advertisement of the day for NesTea in which different people, sweltering from the summer sun, would fall into a swimming pool with a thirst-quenching sense of “ahhh!” on their faces. He invited this man to fall into the arms of Jesus in the same way. The gentleman suddenly began to weep, heaving heavy sighs of sorrow and grief. We watched in reverent wonder as he received the gift of saving faith. It was a tender, grace-filled moment…
This picture of a person falling into the arms of Jesus with a thirst-quenching sense of “ahhh!” is, for me, a perfect image of the Prayer of Relinquishment… The end result of the Prayer of Relinquishment brings us into soul-satisfying rest.
Excerpt quoted from Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard J. Foster. This book is extraordinary for its treatment of the subject of heartfelt prayer—the key to establishing deep intimacy with Jesus Christ.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20 ESV)
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