Psalm 86, 2021

Let’s join with King David in his prayer:

Hear me, LORD, and answer me, I need you.  I am a faithful servant who trusts you – save me.

You are my God, have mercy on me as I call out to you all day long.  I trust you, God.  Please give me joy.

You are so good.  When I walk close with you, your love and forgiveness overwhelm me.  There is no other god like you.  Everything you have created joins together to worship you.  You are great and marvelous.  You alone are God.

I want to learn all about you, LORD, so I can build my life on your truth.  Give me an undivided heart which is focused on loving and honoring you.

I will praise you, God, with all my heart forever.

Each day I feel your great love for me.  Keep me safe.

I am surrounded by arrogant and confused people who don’t believe in you, God.  But I know you are a compassionate and gracious God, overflowing with love and faithfulness.

Open my eyes to what you doing, God.  Have mercy on me just as you have given mercy to those who have gone before me.  Show me your goodness, LORD, so that others around me will see what a great God you are.

Thank you for your help and comfort, LORD.

Amen.

An UnDivided Heart

So many voices.

So many priorities competing for the minutes of my day.

So many distractions.

So many different paths.

It’s hard to stay focused on what’s really important.

God tells Ezekiel that, when the Israelites turn back to him, he will give them ‘an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them.’ (11:19)

That’s what I’m asking for, Abba Father.  An undivided heart.  A heart committed to knowing you and loving you.  

Please help me filter out the other voices so I can hear yours.  Guide me in organizing my priorities so I’m spending my time on the most important things.

 Take my eyes off the distractions around me and lead me on the path you have prepared for me.  

Help me stay focused on you, Father, so my heart remains faithful and strong in your truth.  In the powerful name of Jesus I pray, Amen.