Sometimes we think our prayers must be long and eloquent to be meaningful. Wrong.
This morning I discovered a significant prayer that’s only six words long: “Make me willing to obey you” (Psalm 51:12). Wow. If we prayed these words and meant them, our lives could be completely transformed. We’d be inviting God to change our hearts, to bring our desires in line with His, to remove any shred of disobedience so He could be free to accomplish His purposes in and through us.
A greedy person praying these words would open her hand and give generously. A bitter person holding a grudge would forgive. A fear-filled person would commit her anxiety to the Lord and experience peace. Someone struggling with impure fantasies would embrace God’s standards for her thoughts. Someone prone to gossip would learn to leash her tongue. The person who’s made food her god would learn self-discipline. And followers of Jesus Christ would boldly share the Gospel with others. The list goes on.
Imagine how our lives might look if we unconditionally prayed, “Make me willing to obey you.” Imagine the influence we’d have in spreading the Good News to a hurting world!
Have you ever prayed this prayer? If so, how did God answer and what was the result?