Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 (NIV)
That’s exactly what I want. What is exactly what you want? I want you to teach me to number my days. Why is that? What’s the hurry? That’s it exactly. There is some urgency. I don’t have forever to live this life. I have a very brief life and a limited number of days. It is about time you have come to this realization. Why do you say that? You tell me. I have lived my life, on this earth, as if it would last forever. I have probably lived in denial that my life on this earth would one day come to an end. How has living in that kind of denial impacted your life? I have wasted a lot of hours. I have misspent many days. I have not made the best use of my time.
What would you like to do differently? I would like to ask you to teach me to number my days. I would like you to help me to make the best use of my time. How would you like to use your time? I would like to use my time doing what is pleasing to you. I want to know your will and walk in your ways. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want to be able to look back over life and know that both you and I would say that it was well spent. That is quite a lofty goal. Yes, it is. I certainly cannot accomplish that goal by myself. Why is that? I know I don’t have the wisdom I will need to live the life I know you are calling me to live. I desperately need your help. Yes, you do.
So, you are asking me to give you a heart of wisdom? Yes, I am. You are asking me to teach you to number your days? Yes, I am. You are asking me to help you to wisely spend your life? Yes, I am. You are asking me these things because you want to know and do my will. That’s right. You are asking me these things because you want to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. That’s true. You are asking me these things so that one day both you and I will say that your life was well spent. That’s it exactly. What do you think are the chances that I will hear and answer these prayers of yours? I would say that there is a hundred percent chance that you will hear and answer these prayers of mine. That is one hundred percent correct. I will give you a heart of wisdom. I will teach you to number your days. I will help you to know and do my will. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I have lived as if my life would last forever. I have not considered the fact that I have a limited number of days to live on this earth. How foolish is that? Help me to number my days and wisely use the time I have been given. I want to be fruitful for you. Amen
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