I was reading in 1 Kings 8 this morning. I was stirred by part of Solomon's prayer. In verses 57-58, Solomon prays, "The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. May he not leave us or forsake us, that he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his rules, which he commanded our fathers."
I thought it interesting that he prayed as one sentence, "May he not leave us or forsake us, that he may incline our hearts to him..." It is out of consistent closeness with God (from God) that our hearts are inclined to God. This does not happen as we check in and out of church or in and out of our "relationship" with him.
O, God, please incline my heart... incline our hearts... to you. Turn us away from lesser things. And in so doing, help us to resist the temptation to redefine what it means to "walk in all your ways" and to "keep your commandments, your statutes, and your rules."