Daily D – Psalm 86:11
Psalm 86:11 Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you. (NLT)
This simple verse teaches us so much about how to pray.
First, King David asks for more than a momentary intervention. He asks for a course of life, a set of habits. He wants to know God’s will, to apply God’s will, and to declare God’s will.
David was not interested in settling for knowledge separated from context. He wanted God’s truth for every situation. He wanted to know God’s heart and mind in every circumstance.
This is the kind of prayer God loves to answer with a resounding Yes.
Second, King David asks for a life that would reflect well on God. He wanted others to see in him God’s unmistakable grace and strength. He wanted everyone to know the source of his accomplishments. He wanted everyone to see how good God is.
King David wanted to live the kind of life God can bless. He wanted what God wanted for him.
Again, this is the kind of prayer God loves to hear and answer.
Let us pray.
I will ask God to shape me to live the life he desires for me.
Our Father, I want to know your will and your ways in all things. Empower me to live according to your truth and with a pure heart and clean hands. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.
Psalm 52:8, 9 ”But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.“