“Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. 5 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)
This is a prayer that we would be wise to remember and repeat often. In it we find some simple truths that are always good for us to keep in focus. First, we are reminded that we can approach God with confidence, knowing that He cares, listens and will answer. This is very encouraging and hopeful. Even if no one else appears to care about us, God really does! Next, we see that He will always lead us to follow Him. We need to always look for the direction Jesus would be heading, and follow that direction no matter what.
Another thing we see is that when we ask God to show us what to do, the answer always needs to conform to what He says is true. Too often prayer can become an exercise in trying to get God to see our point of view, rather than us asking to hear and understand His. In other words, it would be easy to spend our time lobbying God rather than humbly listening to Him, but that is not the way this works. The Bible is our primary resource of truth, and it should be our guide as we pray and look for help. Next we see that pursuing God in prayer should be more than a “one and done” deal. We can trust God to answer our prayer, but not necessarily immediately. “All day long I put my hope in you” is the mantra of someone that is fully devoted to honor and respect God. I am convinced that He delays answering at times because He enjoys having our attention!