Prayer Establishes Our Reverence for God
Actions That Follow Faith
Scripture Reading: Psalm 86:8-12
Key Verse: Psalm 86:11
Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
When Jesus taught us to say, “Hallowed is your name” in the model prayer, He had great purpose behind the words. As we have studied in the last two devotionals, it honors God and helps us trust Him more. Today our scripture reminds us that it also will encourage actions on our part. After our prayers, our lifestyle should change. Observable behavior will change because of our recognition of God’s holiness!
In verses eight to ten of our additional scripture reading section, the Psalmist David declares the glory and might of the Lord. These thoughts led him to verse 11: “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth.” As we daily focus on the hallowedness of God, the natural progression should be to reflect that holiness in our lifestyle. When we gain perspective on the glory and worthiness of the One to whom we are speaking, we cry out, “give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name!” How could we spend time in the presence of the creator of this universe and then go about our day without it affecting the way we talk and act toward those around us?
One of the earliest letters written in the New Testament was James. He was the brother of Jesus and a leader in the church in Jerusalem. He understood this concept that David was writing about. James says: “Show me your faith without deeds and I will show you my faith by what I do (James 2:18).
Father, I know you are holy, your very name should be hallowed! I am determined to allow these truths to saturate my behavior today! In Jesus’ Name, amen.