Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
God will help you walk in your path and this comes through waiting upon God with hope.
Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it. (Psalm 119:35, NKJV)
And whatever we ask we received from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as he gave us commandment. (1 John 3:22-23, NKJV)
Here is another prayer from Scripture that will always be answered from a heart that truly asks: Make me walk in the path of Your commandments. There would be no commandment from God if it was not His will to make it achievable by His Holy Spirit. It is the Father’s path that we walk by the grace given to us in Christ Jesus. This is a prayer from a heart totally dependent upon the strength and powers of the Lord – by grace not by our own efforts. The person of Christian character understands that he cannot walk in obedience to the commands of God of his own power; so he cries out to the Lord to make him walk in His commandments. There is no surer path than to walk in God’s commandments. We have the commandments written for us in His Word, which is clearly His will for us. The Lord will make us walk in His path of His commandments; and we should ask for it to be so in our lives.
The key to determining, or a test to see if the prayer is more than mere ritual, is to weigh it by our delight in God’s commandments. Delight means in the Hebrew to delight in, to have pleasure, to have favor, to be pleased. Is that how we would describe our attitude to the Lord’s commandments? Do we derive real pleasure from keeping God’s commandments? If not, we must start waiting for the Lord to develop that desire in us. The person of Christian character desires to have the heart of God, and to take delight in the things of the Lord.
God’s commandments are clear in Scripture, we need not ask like the rich young ruler, “which ones (Matthew 19:18, NASB)?” A commandment is a commandment; we do not get to pick or choose which to obey and which to ignore. Read these two passages above in unison. They both tell us that our prayers will be answered if we are seeking the Lord’s will and are obedient to His commandments. This is what the Scriptures teach – obey and delight in them all.
Prayerfully meditate upon the following passages and apply them with the lessons gleaned in this meditation:
Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10, NASB)
…yet not as I will, but as You will. (Matthew 26:39, NASB)
In that day you will ask in My name. (John 16:26, NASB)
You are My friends if you do what I command you. (John 15:14, NASB)