Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11
I sat down outside of an MTN office waiting for my turn to register my Sim Card, it was around 8 am, a lot of people were just going to their places of work. While observing as people and vehicles passed by, deep in thought, I heard the Spirit of God say to me,
“Life has a rhythm, find it and attune yourself with it. Success has a path, locate it, and follow it!”
If life has a rhythm, and success has a path, then God must have a way. It takes those who know the rhythm of life to adjust themselves to its frequency and enjoy its balance, and only those who know the path of success and walk therein can arrive at their desired destinations. Same goes for the way of God, except you know it, relying on His faithfulness becomes impossible. The unfortunate thing is, He is the God who only responds to those who rely on His faithfulness, but frowns at those who don’t. He doesn’t only frown at them, they displeasure His heart and disgust Him.
“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Heb. 11:6
David understood this, hence the prayer to know the way of God. If you claim to be a child of God, then there should be a corresponding glory to show for it, that’s why God, our Father cannot be pleased with those who demonstrate no faith in Him because they will not bear fruit according to their Source and that will make Him look unfaithful. For example, God’s universal way of multiplied resources is GIVING.
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full: pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Luke 6:38
If you knew this WAY of God, then giving would not be an issue, because knowing and understanding the WAY of God concerning multiplication makes it easy for you to rely on His faithfulness to keep His part of the promise, which is ‘UROI’ – Uncountable Return On Investment. But as a child of God, if you don’t know this WAY of God, withholding your resources becomes a way of life, and trading your strength for livelihood becomes the order of events in your life. The same thing that makes God to be displeased with those who don’t rely on His faithfulness is the reason why those who rely on their strength will never prevail.
“For by strength shall no man prevail.” IS. 2:9
The other part of the prayer builds on the former, “Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” This is more than just a prayer of focus, it is more of a prayer of ‘RESET.’ He was simply saying to God, reset my heart and make it be in ‘Default Mode,’ like it was before the fall of man in the garden of Eden, knowing only Your WAY. Adam and Eve only knew the ways of God until the devil introduced other ways to them, thereby becoming divided in their hearts and then lost the fear of God and sinned against Him by following the alternative introduced by the devil. Then they lost their original place in God and their friendship with God.
David was saying, ‘Give me a heart that ONLY knows Your WAY, that I may remain in the fear of you and enjoy your friendship like Adam and Eve did before they lost Your WAY, because,
“The LORD is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant.” Ps. 25:14.
Pray, therefore, according to this light of God’s Word. Knowing the ways of God saves you from a life of trial and error, it keeps you from violating the law of faith and causes you to rely on the faithfulness of our Father, God. If your eye is single, your body will be full of light, says the Word of God, that’s why we have the Holy Spirit, who teaches only the ways of God and prays for us accordingly. So engage the Spirit to enrich your heart only in the truth of God’s Word, thereby living only a life of faith in Christ Jesus.
I urge you to pray this prayer in your understanding, then in the Spirit. It a sure way to a life of much more and glory-filled existence.