So often we miss out on what God wants to do for us because He doesn’t do it the way we think He should. We work up an idea in our minds about how we’re going to give it to Him and let it go, but we keep on holding on to it.
We can trust God in any situation we face with the assurance that we can “Give It to God and Let It Go.” As Christians, we know it’s going to be OK as long as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ.
“Give It to God and Let It Go” is not a religious cliché, but it’s letting go and allowing the Holy Spirit to work on your behalf. When you give it to God and let it go, you’re turning everything about that situation over to Him.
It’s not leaning on your own understanding or what you know. But you’re trusting the Holy Spirit.
As women of God, it’s so easy for us to multitask and get things done. We are nurturer, we’re problem solvers, basketball moms. We’re teachers. Meal planners. We buy the food and prepare the meals. Along with many other tasks.
There is awesome power in women. Women are strong and willing to nurture others.
In other words, we manage the tasks for the day.
We have so much on our plates in a run of a day, when in secret, we’re screaming to the top of the sealing “Give it to God and let it go!”.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Leaning away from our own understanding and toward God’s by acknowledging and following him means to actively pursue God’s will for your life and doing things God’s way instead of your way (if your way is different).
It is living with the confidence that God always does what is best even when you can’t see it as so.
It wasn’t easy for Joseph to face the fact that his brothers hated him enough to kill him, but he endured all that went with their foiled plot, believing God was directing him where he needed to go.
It wasn’t easy for Peter and other early Christians to be ridiculed, beaten, thrown in jail, and killed because of their faith.
But they knew that Jesus meant what he said when he told them to teach the Gospel to all nations (Matthew 28:18-20) and they weren’t about to let Him down.
It wasn’t easy for you and other women to go through with what you went through with, and yet, came through believing God for the victory. And He brought you through.
What Does it Mean to Give it to God, and Let It Go?
Giving it to God means letting it go of ego and opening your spirit to be led by God and trusting where His path leads. When you let go and let God lead, you leave room for Him to move exceedingly abundantly in your life.
It means trusting and leaning on God. It’s a total surrender that invites God to do a complete work in your life. When you give God your problems, you must let go of it and allow God to handle it. To take control of it.
Countless women like you know that leaning on the LORD is the only way they can make it through each day being led by the Holy Spirit for directions in their lives.
They lean on him for strength, courage, comfort, and hope for whatever he will do to make their hearts and minds capable of being joyful in him.
You can, too. Yes, you can. You simply have to decide to “Give it to God and Let go.”
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:31-34)
In this first passage of scripture, Jesus is telling us to” Give it to God and Let it go.” When we lean on our own understanding instead of His, we are self-inducing unnecessary worries and struggles on ourselves.
He promises (and Jesus doesn’t break a promise) that if we lean on God by putting Him first, everything else will be taken care of for us.
How Do You Give It to God and Let It Go?
In order to give it to God and let go:
- Starting with prayer – When it comes to giving it to God, I think the most important thing you can do, is just to pray Prayer is where you talk to God but also listen to Him.
Once you have prayed and have asked God for His help, let go of it and leave it in God’s hands. The Bible talks about the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. The peace I experience once I have given my problem or concern to God is like no other because I am no longer dwelling on the issue. When I let it go, I give it to Him completely. My focus is no longer on the trial but on Jesus. The feeling of peace that follows, knowing and believing that God is in control and will work it out all for His glory, is priceless.
There are many promises in God’s Word to encourage us to pray, and give it to God and let it go, such as: “
- 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
- Cast all your cares on the Lord- whatever cares you are carrying give it to God and let it go. Holding onto and stressing about our burdens and struggles shows we aren’t fully trusting God.
- Giving it to God involves action; it is a choice.
- He doesn’t want us to sit passively in our hard circumstances, bearing the weight of them each day. He wants to take your burden from you. Cast your cares upon Him and walk away knowing that He will strengthen and care for you.
1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”.
There is nothing we are going through that we cannot cast on the Lord. If you are tired of wrestling with hurts, disappointments, mistreatments, give it to God and let it go.
- Give it to God and let it go by forgiving– Holding onto resentment can sour you and keep you from finding peace. When you can’t forgive, your emotional wounds can’t close and heal.
- Give it to God and let it go by walking in love – Jesus tells us He knew He was loved by His father. He was able to love as His father loved because He walked in His father’s love. If we are to follow His example, we need to as Paul says believe the same thing Jesus did and know beyond any shadow of a doubt that we are loved by God as well.
“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.” Ephesians 5:2?
- Give it to God and let it go by starting each day with Scripture – Get in a quiet place and meditate on the Word of God.
- Give it to God and let it go by Trusting and believing that God is for you. He loves you and wants only the best for you. When you give it to God and let it go, you can fully rest in His strength. You don’t have to worry. The Lord is on your side.
God is always in complete control of every situation surrounding us, even when they are painful or frightening. He urges us to take refuge in His power. Even though chaos swirls around, our part is to submit to His will and trust.
Related: Giving God Control Over Your Life
Why It’s So Hard to ‘Let Go and Let God’
When we are during things our way it is hard to let it go. For most of us, I think it’s difficult to “let go and let God.” We want to trust Him- we say we trust Him- but actions speak louder than our words. If we put our all in God, God gives us the path that we need and the most ideal path we should take.
When you give it to God and let it go, God leads, and you leave room for Him to move exceedingly abundantly in your life.
Paul put it this way: “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” (Ephesians 6:10)
Giving it to God is truly the best way to deal with anything in your life. No need to worry or fret over things. Surrender it to Him and rest knowing He already has a plan for you!
God wants us to humble ourselves under His mighty hand, that He may exalt us in due time.
Here are 5 Bible verses to help guide you to give it to God and let it go:
1. Proverbs 16:9 – In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
2. Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
3. Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.
4. Ephesians 3:20 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
5. Philippians 3:13-14 – Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 46:10 tells us, “Be still, and know that I am God.” God knows what He’s doing, family!
Surrendering To God Through Prayer
We struggle to change things. To do things our way. But when we allow our problems to get the best of us and pressures feel overwhelming, we begin to understand more fully how little control we really have. Then we call on the Lord to help us.
We should pray because prayer is the most important part of the thankfulness God requires of us.
And also, because God gives His grace and Holy Spirit only to those who pray continually and groan inwardly, asking God for these gifts and thanking Him for them.
When we give it to God and let it go, we 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 it 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.
Give It to God and Let It Go Direct Our Plans: Seek Gods Will
The best way to seek God’s will when you are trying to give it to God is by spending 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 give it to God and let it go.
At the very least these people can pray for you as you seek God’s will in your life and planning.
God created you. He loves you. He knows you better than you know yourself.
The fact that he is all-knowing gives him the ability to see what lies ahead and because of this, he knows what we need to fully be the person he created us to be.
Because of this he also knows what needs to take place and which direction we need to go to receive the blessings he wants to give us.
So, think about it. Pray about it. Ask God to remove the pride and stubborn independence from your heart.
Ask him to stamp Proverbs 3:5-6 on your heart, soul, and mind so that you can live by it each day of your life.
Faith Comes When You Give It to God and Let It Go!
God wants you to believe Him. Make a decision to give it to God and let it go and stand on it. Rahab decided to take a stand on the side of God’s people.
She hid the spies. She made a decision based on her faith. She took action. She took action because she believed God would deliver her when Jericho fell to the Israelites.
God wants your faith to be developed. No matter how many mistakes you have made, it is still faith that God honors.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
You see, you may have blown it, but God is in the business of restoring broken lives. Just give it to God and let it go. You may have been like Rahab, but if you can believe God, and give it to him, He will save your house.
You know, He didn’t save only her. He saved her entire household. All the other homes in Jericho were destroyed. The only house God saved in the city was the house where the prostitute lived, because she gave it to God.
How to Pray Like Hannah and Give It to God
Prayer is our only way to the father. God never moves until someone prays. When you pray, how do you pray? What do you pray for? I am reminded of Hannah. I love that Hannah prayed. She poured out her heart to God. She gave it to God, and then she went on her way.
Hannah is a woman in the Bible who dealt with a lot of adversity in her life, yet she was steadfast in seeking out the Lord. Despite of Hannah’s challenges, she was determined to surrender and give it to God and let it God.
She prayed through her pain and resolved to continue to trust God. Despite the difficulties and challenges she faced; Hannah persistently prayed to God.
And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head. 1 Samuel 1:11
Hannah poured out her heart to the Lord. She didn’t think of who heard her. Who was around her? She wasn’t aware of anyone else’s presence around her. She didn’t care what she looked like, what anyone was thinking of her, and probably didn’t worry much about what her face looked like.
She didn’t worry whether she had on make-up or not. She needed a word from the Lord. She was humbled, broken, and knew the only way to find relief was in God alone.
What Hannah was going through, she had to give it to God and let it go. This was something she couldn’t possibly handle herself. She had to give it to God.
Like Hannah, we also face difficult challenges and difficult seasons in our lives, but being diligent, persistent in seeking God in prayer will guide, uplift, and encourage you to move forward in faith. Our circumstances may not always yield our desired outcome, but God wants us to continuously pray to Him and let it go.
God never makes a mistake. He’s always working on our behalf. She trusted that God was able to do this miracle for which she asked.
She knew He was the only One who could hear her prayer and bring an answer to her longing. Hannah was a woman of great prayer.
What are you praying and believing God for? What impossible situation that seems hard for you. Just give it to God and let it go.
Hannah never gave up praying and continually prayed to the Lord. What can we learn from the example of Hannah? What if we all prayed like Hannah? Can we? One thing it requires is to give it to God and let it go.
BIBLE VERSES TO HELP YOU GIVE IT TO GOD AND LET IT GO
The following are some beautiful Bible promises to help you give it to God and let it go take control. I encourage you to commit these give it to God and let it go scriptures to memory, for those times when you feel worried or uncertain about the future.
“What time I am afraid; I will trust in thee.” Psalms 56:3
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
“ For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
“For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.” Mark 6:50
“The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
“As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.” Mark 5:36
“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25
“The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” Psalms 34:7
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalms 27:1
“Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord, your God he shall fight for you. Deuteronomy 3:22
Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For the Lord, your God is the one who will go with you; He will not leave you or abandon you. Deuteronomy 31:6
God—His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is pure. He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. (2 Samuel 22:31)
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)
Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of his glory, without blemish and with great joy. (Jude 1:24)
Related: Give It All to Him
Father, in the Name of Jesus, I thank You that You have plans for Me exceedingly, abundantly above what I can even imagine—plans for good that will give me a future and a hope. I praise You and thank You that this is Your will for me! God, I know You want to prosper and bless me in every way possible, and I desire to fully put my trust in You and relinquish my will for Yours.
Right now, I repent for holding onto aspects of my life that I want to see changed. I confess that I have been stubborn in holding onto my own thoughts and ideas or the way I think You should work. I purpose in my heart and before You to shed every part of my own will for Your will, and to give it to you and let it go. I commit to being completely open to Your correction, either in my time with You, or through godly people You put in my life.
I commit to make changes in my heart and mind that will pave the way to victory in the area I’m seeking to find it. I will have faith and walk through every door You open. I will sow time where You instruct me, I will remove wrong thinking when You reveal it to me, and I will listen to You through prayer and Your Word.
I submit my will to Your will in Jesus’ Name, and I thank You that Your plans for me are beyond my imagination.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Give It to God Monthly Bible Reading Challenges
I pray that this is a place where you can gain encouragement in your prayer life and in your relationship with God! Here you will find a free printable, “Give It to God Bible Reading Challenge” that you can download by clicking on the highlighted links.
You are welcome to use this printable for personal use or in small group Bible studies.
Have a wonderful day! Enjoy!