“Lord, teach me to love what you love and hate what you hate.”
It’s a prayer that I learned from a friend many years ago, and it has really stuck in my mind over the years because when I first heard it, it seemed like a prayer that God would delight in answering. In other words, it’s a Kingdom prayer and as we know, there is nothing more central to Jesus’s agenda than the coming of the heavenly Kingdom.
It also is a prayer that calls me to humble myself before entering His presence. Prayers of genuine humility I have found, are one’s that get God’s attention.
I find myself praying this one sentence prayer often and I’m excited to report that my earliest assumptions about this prayer request are true. I have seen multiple evidences in my life that God is quick to answer in ways that I can perceive and understand. When I see God responding to me, it brings me joy reminding me that he is there and he is guiding my every step.
“Lord, teach me to love what you love, and hate what you hate.”
(Just in case you don’t think God hates anything by the way, check out Proverbs 6:16-19.)
Don’t misunderstand. I’m not one to pray only memorized rote prayers. I talk to God conversationally most of the time. But I like this prayer because it’s simple and easy to remember. And it helps me to align my heart with his before entering a long conversation. It teaches me to lay down my will and yield to his. It acknowledges his lordship.
He is the potter; I am the clay.
Think about it. We are all subjective in our view of life. We have personal bias regarding most things. We don’t see nor understand with the perceptiveness of the Almighty. But does it really matter what things we love if those things are not glorifying to God? Shouldn’t we learn to also hate things that God hates as well, if we are to remain salt and light in a generation that needs to see right and wrong lived out in everyday matters?
And here’s the cool thing. When it’s God that changes your heart on questionable matters, change is much easier. “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.” Psalm 127:1
When we ask God to teach us what he loves, and hate what he hates, we admit to him that we need him. We can’t rely on making good decisions without him. By praying this prayer day by day over all that concerns us, we tell our Lord that we want to align our hearts with his, and in doing so, we feel his pleasure.
Why not take the thirty day challenge? Pray this prayer every day from your heart and see if this isn’t a prayer that God runs to answer. Then drop me a line and let me know what happens.