Scripture Reading: Amos 6:1-7:17 / Romans 4:16-5:11 / Psalm 86:11-17
Some people pray with selfish motives; thinking God is obligated to give them whatever they ask. James reminds us, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:3) David prays with a pure heart and Godly motives, “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” (Psalm 86:11)
God responds to “Godly prayers” and longs to see His divine will fulfilled in our lives. David desired to walk in the ways of the Lord and he prays for a teachable spirit and undivided heart. Both of these were necessary in order for him to walk in God’s truth and to fear God’s name.
“Teach me your way… David wanted to know God’s ways and wanted God to teach him. He had a yearning for discipleship – learning from the master and hanging on his every word.
“I will walk in your truth… David desired to walk in God’s truth. He committed himself to faithfully follow God’s direction and he found his security in the omniscience of God’s word. David desired to walk fully after God.
“Give me an undivided heart… David asked God to give him an unwavering and undivided heart. He wanted a heart that was completely loyal and united towards God. This would only be accomplished by God’s transforming power.
“That I may fear your name… David recognized the need for holy fear. He knew reverence for God was developed in the light of God’s ways, truth and holiness. His awe of God flowed out of his interaction with the presence of God.
Godly Thinking… a renewed mind (being taught the ways of the Lord), and
Godly Believing… an undivided heart (unwavering faith for God), leads to
Godly Living… a transformed walk (living in the truth and fear of God)
That’s a Godly Prayer!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!