8.18.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Being Teachable

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Yesterday, I spent several hours studying and preparing to teach Sunday School this morning. And true to form, I’ve woken up and am questioning the whole direction of the lesson I prepared. 

We have a teacher’s guide. But in all honesty—I’d rather not have anything and just build something from scratch. I’m enough of a non-conformist that I don’t like to go by someone else’s structure. Ideally, I would just write an essay, pass out copies, then sit down and let everyone talk amongst themselves.

Y’all, I don’t know why God told me to do this. I do not like speaking in front of people. I go through this every single time I’m scheduled to teach. And yet, I felt led to sign up for another year on the rotation schedule.

In Psalm 143:10 CSB, David wrote, “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground.”

The key phrase for me in this is “teach me to do Your will.” 

“Your will.” It shows up throughout the Bible. Two most notable places—The Lord’s Prayer and the Garden of Gethsemane.

  • Matthew 6:10b CSB of The Lord’s Prayer teaches us to pray “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
  • And Jesus prayed in the garden before His arrest, “Abba, Father! All things are possible for you. Take this cup away from me. Nevertheless, not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36 CSB). 

Jesus modeled what it is to be taught to pray and live by God’s will. David asked to be taught to follow God’s will. And with that before us, you and I have to be teachable too. 

Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for modeling what it is to obey God’s will. Thank Him for the example of David’s willing heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to equip you and encourage you to obey, even when God’s will forces you outside your comfort zone.

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