The Freedom in Helplessness

by John Michalak

Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Matthew 6:12-13

There is freedom in helplessness.

When you’ve tried everything and failed, when you’re out of ideas or motivation, you can unwrap a gift from God that’s offered under no other circumstance. When you come to the end of yourself, your only freedom left is to give yourself fully to Him.

God understands our desire for independence. He honors our freedom to choose Him or not choose Him. But He also understands that we will find no greater freedom than through surrender. In the bonds of godly relationship, we will finally be free to enjoy the life He intends for us.

That’s the heart cry of Jesus’ prayer here in Matthew 6.

You may try to forgive, but people still hurt you and walk all over you. You make one attempt after another to overcome temptation, but you still fail. You want to protect yourself and your family from the evils of this world, but evil can still prevail.

This is one reason why the Gospel is such good news: when all hope is lost, new hope is birthed. In our helplessness, we are finally free to lay down our pride and cry out to God with everything we are.

Embrace the freedom helplessness brings.


Dear God, Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. You are all-powerful. I can do nothing of myself. Please help me to recognize my helplessness and to embrace it, relying fully on You for everything. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.


Do I sometimes have trouble admitting my helplessness? What are the things I need to surrender to God today?