Prayer of Release: Let It Go

It's Time to Let Go by Andrew Mitchell Photography

It’s Time to Let Go by Andrew Mitchell Photography

I think Christians have yet to learn the pattern of redemption.
It is evil undone much more than evil ever perfectly avoided.
It is disorder reconfigured in our hearts and minds—
much more than demanding any perfect order to our universe.
Much of the Christian religion has largely become “holding on” instead of letting go.
But God, it seems to me, does the holding on (to us!),
and we must learn the letting go (of everything else).
– Richard Rohr

Concealment makes the soul a swamp.
Confession is how you drain it.
– Charles M. Blow

Philippians 3:12-14 NIV
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, 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, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Luke 20:38 NRSV
God is God not of the dead, but of the living.

God of the Living by Steve Garnaas-Holmes
God is God of the present moment,
not the past.

Your sins were in the past;
but God is in the present moment.

God does not stay in the past,
remembering your sins:

God is in the present moment,
loving you.

Forgiveness is letting go of the past
and coming into the present.

Repent of your sin—let go of the past—
and come into the present,

where you are a child of God,
a child of resurrection.

Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Prayer of Release
Jesus, you hold us
That we might let go of
All that is false and destructive
All that we think will save us but will not
All the guilt and shame we needlessly carry
All the regret that suffocates our future

You open the door to all that is hidden and hurtful
We release it all to you
We trust your strength to catch us

silent prayers of confession

The burden is gone
Blown away in your grace
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
The new is born

Prayer of Release: Let it Go © 2013 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia.
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