He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT)
It is such a natural prayer as I get ready for my day. Walk with me Lord. In all I do each day, I desire to have the Lord with me. But this morning, for as much as I’ve prayed this prayer, my thinking became jumbled and unclear as the Spirit challenged me – Is this what you truly desire, Lisa.
Do I truly want the Lord to walk with me or do I want to walk with the Lord?
The Spirit unraveled my jumbled thoughts as I gave Him space to speak.
I believe one prayer completely focuses on me and the other causes me to completely focus on the Lord. One prayer completely focuses on my steps and the other causes me to completely focus on the Lord’s leading each step of the way. One prayer completely focuses on the Lord coming with me and the other causes me to completely focus on following where the Lord leads.
When we walk with the Lord, He leads and we follow. When we ask the Lord to walk with us, we lead expecting Him to follow. When we walk with the Lord, we trust His leading. The Lord God goes ahead of us and will be with us as we follow after Him.
So the question is, Who is leading and who is following?
As we begin our days, let’s develop a desire to walk with the Lord – rather than filling up our calendars with activities and appointments expecting Him to follow.
It is a realignment of words. I desire to walk with the Lord and to know that He will always be with me as I walk with Him. I don’t desire to expect Him to walk with me as I do my thing. Who is leading and who is following in your relationship with the Lord?
This classic Sunday School song says it best:
When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word
What a glory He sheds on our way
While we do His good will
He abides with us still
And with all who will trust and obey
Walking with the Lord is Living Deeper Still.