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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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”