Spontaneous Devotions: “Teach Us”

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Art by Aeron Brown

Teach me Your ways – so I’ll walk in Your truth
Teach me to pray – so I’ll see the coming of Your kingdom
Teach me to go low – so you can lift me high
Teach me to keep my heart pure – so I can see You
Teach me to be merciful – so I’ll receive mercy
Teach me to fix my eyes on You – so I won’t partner with distraction
Teach me to live in childlike wonder – so the kingdom will be mine
Teach me to walk by faith – so I’ll see Your great faithfulness
Teach me to number my days – so I’ll gain a heart of wisdom
Teach me to praise – so I’ll know the beauty of Your presence
Teach me to to be grateful – so I’ll understand Your will
Teach me to carry Your peace – so I’ll live as a child of God
Teach me live in freedom – so I’ll know you’ve set me free
Teach me to trust – so I’ll know the joy of dancing with You

Teach me, Lord. Teach me and keep teaching me. Teach me who You are. Teach me Your ways.

Mostly, Lord, teach me how to love – so I’ll begin to look like You.

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I have often reflected on the fact that having a teachable heart is the one essential and non-negotiable attribute of anyone who wants to stay near the heart of God. Not having all the answers is a good thing. It keeps us dependent. It keeps us leaning. It keeps us trusting.

It keeps us teachable.

He likes that. He likes that because He likes to teach us. He likes it when we recognize our need for Him. When we become experts in any facet of His ways–or even in any particular point of theology or conviction–we have set our limit. We have established our ceiling.

But God has no limits. He has no ceiling. It is utter nonsense for us to believe we have even the tiniest grasp on all the mysteries of His kingdom, the mysteries of His word, and the mysteries of His Being. Even the most mature, gifted, and knowledgeable among us are still at “the beginning of the beginning” of learning His ways. That fact should keep us humble. It should keep us patient and gracious toward others.

It should keep us teachable.

I don’t know about you, but that’s where I want to keep my heart. It’s where I need to keep my heart. I don’t want to limit His work in my life. I don’t want to limit what I believe Him for in others. I don’t want to miss a single glimpse of the wonder He is willing to share with me. I don’t want to miss a single glimpse of Him.

So Lord, now, always, an forever–keep my heart teachable.

“Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.” -Psalm 86:11

Artwork by Aeron Brown. Spontaneous devotions are just that – a spontaneous collaborative expression of worship. I read scripture and/or some devotional thoughts, then pray into those those thoughts while Aeron draws. For others click here.

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