Novena for Surrendering to the Will of God

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In this novena, we pray to be able to align our will with God’s. This is something that saints have been praying for centuries, so we use different quotes from saints, asking that they may intercede on our behalf as we strive to grow in greater conformity to the will of God.

About Surrendering to the Will of God:

We often use the word “surrender” when discussing a fight. Those who are losing decide that they have fought long enough and raise a white flag to acknowledge defeat and let the other side know that they will submit to their demands. When we surrender to God’s will, we say that we are done fighting Him and are ready to do what He asks of us. But when we surrender, it is not like surrendering to a hostile, selfish dictator who wants to take our goods. It is more like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum giving in to a parent who only wants what is best for their child.

Novena for Surrendering to the Will of God Prayers

Novena for Surrendering to the Will of God - Day 1

Heavenly Father, all I have is a gift from You. In return, may my life be an ongoing gift to You. Conform my will to Yours that our wills may be one. I place this petition in Your hands. Help me to fully entrust it to You

(mention your intentions here)

Mary, who by submitting yourself to God’s will became the Mother of God Incarnate, help us grow in faith that we may respond to whatever God asks of us by saying, “May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level (Ps 143:10).

Amen.

Novena for Surrendering to the Will of God - Day 2

Heavenly Father, all I have is a gift from You. In return, may my life be an ongoing gift to You. Conform my will to Yours that our wills may be one. I place this petition in Your hands. Help me to fully entrust it to You

(mention your intentions here)

Jesus, Son of God, you taught us how to pray to the Father as we ought, saying, “your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Teach us to pray these words with great faith and devotion.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level (Ps 143:10).

Amen.

Novena for Surrendering to the Will of God - Day 3

Heavenly Father, all I have is a gift from You. In return, may my life be an ongoing gift to You. Conform my will to Yours that our wills may be one. I place this petition in Your hands. Help me to fully entrust it to You

(mention your intentions here)

Jesus, God who became man, You showed us how to submit ourselves to the will of God the Father, even during difficult trials that we do not wish to endure, when you said before Your Passion, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39). Help us in our trials to actively submit ourselves to the will of the Father.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level (Ps 143:10).

Amen.

Novena for Surrendering to the Will of God - Day 4

Heavenly Father, all I have is a gift from You. In return, may my life be an ongoing gift to You. Conform my will to Yours that our wills may be one. I place this petition in Your hands. Help me to fully entrust it to You

(mention your intentions here)

St. Paul, you explain to us that “we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them” (Ephesians 2:10). Intercede on my behalf that I may have the perseverance and grace to commit myself to the work that God has prepared for me.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level (Ps 143:10).

Amen.

Novena for Surrendering to the Will of God - Day 5

Heavenly Father, all I have is a gift from You. In return, may my life be an ongoing gift to You. Conform my will to Yours that our wills may be one. I place this petition in Your hands. Help me to fully entrust it to You

(mention your intentions here)

St. Paul, you told the early Christians: “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2). Intercede on our behalf that we may have a spirit able to discern and follow the will of God.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level (Ps 143:10).

Amen.

Novena for Surrendering to the Will of God - Day 6

Heavenly Father, all I have is a gift from You. In return, may my life be an ongoing gift to You. Conform my will to Yours that our wills may be one. I place this petition in Your hands. Help me to fully entrust it to You

(mention your intentions here)

Blessed Charles Eugene de Foucauld, who gave his life for God in being martyred, pray that I may live out the prayer you wrote in life: “Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you. I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures. I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my spirit; I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I do love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father. Amen.”

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level (Ps 143:10).

Amen.

Novena for Surrendering to the Will of God - Day 7

Heavenly Father, all I have is a gift from You. In return, may my life be an ongoing gift to You. Conform my will to Yours that our wills may be one. I place this petition in Your hands. Help me to fully entrust it to You

(mention your intentions here)

St. Ignatius of Loyola, who sought true heroism and found it in serving God, pray that I might live out your prayer: “Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace, that is enough for me.”

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level (Ps 143:10).

Amen.

Novena for Surrendering to the Will of God - Day 8

Heavenly Father, all I have is a gift from You. In return, may my life be an ongoing gift to You. Conform my will to Yours that our wills may be one. I place this petition in Your hands. Help me to fully entrust it to You

(mention your intentions here)

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us that we may live out God’s will in our everyday lives by embodying your words: “The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills it; and thirdly to do it because it is his will.”

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level (Ps 143:10).

Amen.

Novena for Surrendering to the Will of God - Day 9

Heavenly Father, all I have is a gift from You. In return, may my life be an ongoing gift to You. Conform my will to Yours that our wills may be one. I place this petition in Your hands. Help me to fully entrust it to You

(mention your intentions here)

St. Faustina, who offered up much physical suffering during life for the salvation of souls, help me to faithfully carry out God’s will, for you said, “True love of God consists in carrying out God's will. To show God our love in what we do, all our actions, even the least, must spring from our love of God.”

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level (Ps 143:10).

Amen.