Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Psalm 25:4-5 (NLT)
Do you want me to show you the right path? Do you really want me to point out the right road to follow? Do you want me to lead you? Do you really want me to teach you? Without hesitation, I will say to you, I want you to show me the right path. Yes, I want you to point out the right road for me to follow. With all that is within me, I will say to you, I want you to lead and teach me. That is very good.
If you want me to lead and teach you there are some things that you must do. What’s that? It is not enough for you to say with your words that you want me to lead and teach you. What must I do? You must humbly ask me to lead and teach you. Notice that I have used two very important words. What words? I have used the words “humbly” and “ask”. What has prevented you from listening to my teaching and following my guidance in the past? I see, I have pridefully relied on myself. I have followed my own guidance. I have listened to my own instruction. Where has that led you? I have mistakenly gone where I should not have gone. I have foolishly done what I should not have done. Since, I was not listening to you, I have been unable to know and do your will. What will help you to know and do my will? I will humbly come to rely on you. I will humbly ask you to lead and guide my life. I will humbly ask you to teach me. I will place all my hope in you. That will be very good.
There are two more things that you must do if you want me to lead and teach you. What’s that? Once you have come to rely on me in prayer you must wait for my answers to your prayers. What has happened when you have not waited for me to answer your prayers? I might as well have not prayed when I have not waited for your answers. Why is that? Once again, I have rushed off and gone where I should not have gone to do what I should not have done. That’s true. So, will you wait for me to answer your prayers? Yes, I will. Then there is one more thing that you must do if you want me to lead and teach you. What’s that? You must listen to my instruction and follow my guidance. It is not enough to pray and then wait to hear from me. You must put into practice what I will teach you. You must go where I guide you. You must do what I ask of you. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will. I will humbly come to you in prayer. I will wait for you to answer my prayers. Then I will listen to you. I will go where you guide me and do all that you ask of me. In every way, I will place all my hope in you as I love, follow and serve you. That will be very good.
Lord, I have often pridefully relied on myself for my own guidance. I have mistakenly gone where I should not have gone and foolishly done what I should not have done. I have learned my lesson. Now, I will wholeheartedly rely on you to teach and guide me. Amen
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