Psalm 25 describes a person who’s chosen the right road, yet not found it easy to walk. In the first ten verses we learn five important things about the person who prays:
(1) They know where to go for help. “To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul” (v.1). Others may assist us, but only God can sustain us.
(2) They know who to trust. “In You I trust… do not let my enemies exult over me” (v.2). Love your enemies, because God does. Pray for them, turn them over to Him, then move on.
(3) They know the purpose of prayer. “Lead me in Your truth and teach me” (v.4). Richard Foster writes, “To pray is to change. Prayer is the central avenue God uses to transform us. If we are unwilling to change, we will abandon prayer. The more we pray the more we come to the heartbeat of God. Prayer starts the communication process between ourselves and God. All the options of life fall before us. At that point we will either forsake our prayer life and cease to grow, or we will pursue our prayer life and let Him change us.”
(4) They know the basis of their acceptance. “According to Your lovingkindness remember me” (v.7). We cannot approach God on the basis of our own goodness, only on the merits of Christ’s saving grace.
(5) They know prayer works. “He teaches the humble His way” (v.9). When you can’t see your way forward, pray. God will reveal it to you, one step at a time. All you have to do is follow.
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