Give Me an Undivided Heart

Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name (Psalm 86:11 NIV).

Let us take a look at a family of four: The husband wants to spent his evening reading a book. The wife wants to go out for dinner. The boy wants to go out for a movie. And the girl wants to go to beach. It is more than obvious that their interests are divided. In spite of their love, it would be impossible for them to spent an evening together for their interests lie in four different directions.

Likewise, when there are different interests within our heart, it would be impossible to move forward in any one direction without generating much unrest in our mind. Here lies the significance of the prayer to the Lord to teach us His way. Quite often it is the lack of knowledge of the path that God wants us to take that creates the tension in our mind. But are we ready to follow His direction once He reveals it to us? This question is important and the psalmist promises God that he will walk in God’s truth. That means he will trust God’s guidance as He reveals that to him and walk in it.

But for this to come true for us we need to have an undivided heart. In this world varied interests pull us and tug at our hearts from different directions all at once. If we possess a divided heart which heeds to all these interests it would be impossible for us to walk in God’s truth. For that we need to pray for a single-minded heart. It is a heart with the sole and supreme aim of fearing God and serving Him that can bring God praise and bring us peace. In such a heart all other interests are put in subjection to this one supreme desire to serve God!