I asked the Lord to come into my life
but not too far
I asked the Lord “please change my life
but leave things the way that they are”
I asked the Lord to be my guide
but just where I wanted to go
I asked the Lord to show me truth
but just what I wanted to know
Now I’m asking you Lord to come into my life
All the way
Lord please change my Tomorrow
Starting with Today.
(By my friend…Moggy)
How often do we do this? I find myself praying the right words, but not really meaning the depth of each word. As a teenager I sang in a travelling group on the weekends. One song I sang with much conviction, my hand shooting up in the air with a testimony on my lips, “I Surrender All!”
It reminds me of Peter. So much of his exuberance for the Lord was not spoken, or acted out, correctly. The Lord had to set him straight on many occasions for he would speak, or act, before he thought. Or, possibly, he did think, just not too clearly. But Jesus continued working with him. He knew Peter’s heart was in the right place. He knew Peter’s desire was for Him.
“The apostle Peter learned a lot through hard experience. He learned, for example, the crushing defeat and deep humiliation often follow hard on the heels of our greatest victories. Just after Christ commended him for his great confession in Matthew 16:16 (“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”), Peter suffered the harshest rebuke ever recorded of a disciple in the New Testament. One moment Christ called Peter blessed, promising him the keys of the kingdom (vv.17-19). In the next paragraph, Christ addressed Peter as Satan and said, “Get behind Me!” (v.23) — meaning, “Don’t stand in My way!”…through the painful experience of being rebuked by the Lord, Peter also learned that he was vulnerable to Satan. Satan could fill his mouth just as surely as the Lord could fill it. If Peter minded the things of men rather than the things of God, or if he did not do the will of God, he could be an instrument of the enemy.” ~John MacArthur, Twelve Ordinary Men
“I Surrender All” is still a favorite, but I find I understand the meaning better now. When we surrender all to Him, He has a way of taking us at our word. He will test us. And sometimes we’ll fail the test. We might not have meant it as far as He would take it. Or maybe we didn’t understand the path He would take us down to get us to where He wants us to be. But other times, in His mercy, we could scrape by with the strength He gives, and become more like Him in the process.
He’s shaping us. And our commitment to Him deepens. We will fail and suffer the deep humiliation. But we need to remember, this too is His work in us…and He’s praying for us to overcome. Remember another test for Peter…
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat;
but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail;
and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
Remember, when we don’t speak well for Him…
…He’s praying for us.