My prayer this morning.
Lord, please keep me safe from the seduction of placing too much emphasis on what was last over what is next. By the same token, please help me keep in mind that I could also overcompensate by placing too much emphasis on what is next over what was last.
Lord, as I am given pause in the middle of a very active and blessed summer, I recognize the need for Lordship Revival. This Revival springs forth as I demand to submit to you as the Lord over both what was Last and what is Next. I can see that when I de-throne you from either, I begin to play God in my own life. When you are removed from being the Lord of the Last, I take upon myself the accusation for failures or the credit for victories. When every effort is made, through total surrender, to relinquish lordship, one of the most tasty fruits is the promise of your guidance in my human oblivion. When I cannot see and I cannot know the path that I am taking, I must simply trust that you know far better what is best for me. As I do so, there will constantly be things that try and influence me both to feel the confidence of the champion or the depression of the loser. In either circumstance, I crown you as Lord! I pledge to maintain my loyalty and humility to the Lord of the Last! Thank you for allowing me and inviting me to do so. This keeps me conscious of the privilege of learning that I will never be able to rewind my yesterday’s, no matter how nostalgic I may feel. There are no “undos” or “deletes” in my history besides covering them in your precious blood. Thankfully, they are left there with no memory by you! When I experience the euphoria of your blessing and the victories that you give, remind me that those are also under your Lordship of Last. Can I re-live the first Day of Pentecost outpouring of the first century AD? No, not that exact occurrence, no matter how badly I wish I had been there! Can I re-experience the sacking of Jerusalem by the wicked emperor during the first century A.D.? No. It is buried in the past.
But here is what I can do, by your grace and mercy: I can learn–as your Spirit teaches me–what precipitates every spiritual victory and every defeat in order to intentionally prepare for what is Next and let your perfect will be done. (John 14:26). Does this mean I am no longer responsible for my actions? Does this mean that I can simply sit back and blame God for my mistakes? By no means! Neither does it mean that I can pat myself on the back and congratulate myself when I am a winner! In reality, I have no way of knowing whether they are truly defeats or victories in the light of eternity. This is why it is crucial that I maintain a Lordship Revival over what was Last. This is exactly what Joseph of the Old Testament was referring to when he declared the revelation that the perpetrators of evil meant harm, but God had orchestrated the scenario for what was good and vital for the welfare of his select people.
Thank you Lord for hearing my prayer! Thank you for setting me free from the bondage of the past. I submit to your Lordship over the Last. History tends to repeat itself. As the Lord of the Last, I can rejoice that you will not allow anything in my history to bring about my defeat! If indeed history is destined to repeat itself, let it be so for the majesty of the glory of your matchless Name!
Next and Now.
Lord, you see the mad rush and ceaseless hurry of the world that churns around us every day. Is it necessary that we join the rat race? It seems that our world has crowned Next at the expense of what’s Now. This is precisely why I celebrate your Lordship over what is Next.
Here is my commitment to you, Almighty God: I will faithfully prepare my heart, my soul, and my mind in the Now giving you full access to each of these as you mold me and shape me for Next. I will continue to actively heed your Word in order to make application in the present as well as in every eventuality. I will not lose my focus on what is Next at the expense of what is Now. (Matthew 6:34).
Jesus, be the Lord of Now. I’m not asking for you to order next week or next year; simply order my next step, and the step after that, and the step after that!
Am I excited about what is Next? Absolutely! I know that if you are the Lord of Last and Now, you will also be the Lord of Next.
Perhaps in this prayer you are guiding my mind to recapture the meaning of your words to your children in the wilderness of the Old Testament: “As thy days so shall thy strength be” (Deut 33:25). The strength you promise is a strength that is coinciding to my days. Your strength is promised to go along with my days; to be in keeping with the days of life that you give, though they be so short and numbered. When I insist on living in the Next, I abandon you and your power because tomorrow is not my day, yet! Let this be something that sinks in deeply as I begin Today. When I bemoan the past, I am in danger of taking you off the throne of the past. When I try to live in the future, I dethrone you there and and I’m left to my own ingenuity and my own pitiful devices! Do I want to live without you? Not in a million godless years!
So, Jesus, please take my hand and let’s walk together in the Now. I’m thankful for the crowning achievement of each moment that is lived under your Lordship. Jesus be the Lord of all!
Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.