O Eternal One, guide me along Your path
so that I will live in Your truth.
Unite my divided heart so that I will fear Your great name.
Unite my divided heart. That sounds incredibly familiar to me, it’s a frequent prayer that God will put my heart right, purify it, renew it, restore it. Having a divided heart – torn between obedience and rebellion seems the norm but oh how uncomfortable it is.
The rich man in Luke 18: 18-25 had a divided heart: torn between wanting to have eternal life and loving his wealth. I like to think he walked away, had a think and then did what he needed to but we aren’t told anything more about him. The disciples come next in Luke’s account. Peter boasts that the disciples have given up their homes to follow Jesus, as they had; however, just a little after this they are unable to understand what Jesus is talking about. Maybe because they are focused on their reward for giving things up and that doesn’t include death. It was only after the Resurrection that they had their hearts put right to pursue God’s plan.
Strangely there is a man in this chapter who maybe does have an undivided heart despite being blind. He’s sitting by the road begging when he hears a commotion and is told Jesus is coming. He doesn’t get hopeful for a better handout from the big crowd he can hear. Instead, he shouts out to the One who he somehow knows can deliver him from the blindness. How does he know? Maybe he’s heard stories, maybe he has a friend who has a friend. Maybe God whispers to him. But whatever reason he has the faith to shout over the crowd, to keep shouting even though the crowd tell him to be quiet.
Jesus calls him over and recognises his faith. The man is healed and immediately leaves everything to follow Jesus shouting praises to God. The man pursued Jesus both before and after he received his sight. I don’t know for how long but in this moment that blind man demonstrates a heart fully seeking after Him. I think the first verses of Psalm 86 could have been written about that blind man.
God never gets tired of our praying for a pure heart, a committed heart, a new heart. Even if we have to repeat it every day. In fact, if we are honest it’s a prayer that should always be close to our lips because we mess up a lot. He never gets tired of it because He makes His home in our hearts and because He is good as the Psalmist so eloquently says:
But Lord, You are a God full of compassion, generous in grace,
slow to anger, and boundless in loyal love and truth.
Don’t be deceived by a wayward heart into thinking God gives up on you. Every time you ask for an undivided He answers that prayer. Every single time no exceptions. It’s one prayer to which His answer will always be ‘YES!’.