To be healed or liberated by Jesus, it is absolutely necessary for us to be aware that we are sick or enslaved. A poor blind beggar by the road could know that he needed Jesus’ power and therefore he could be helped. St. Paul was very much aware that he was powerless. He wrote: “I willingly boast of my weakness, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I am content with weakness, with mistreatment, with distress, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ, for when I am powerless, it is then that I am strong” (2 Cor 12).
Admitting powerlessness does not mean that we cannot decide and take action. Otherwise no one would seek to become whole and free. The admission of powerlessness means that we realize that we can no longer deal with a problem merely by ourselves. It also means that we need to let go of pride and seek the support of others who have the power to assist us. Those others include God and other people who are God’s outreach to us.
Lord, I want to let go and let you lead the way to a new life. My own ways have often failed. It is time for me to let go. I surrender my pride to you.