“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” 119:36-37 ESV
I liked the NLT version, which translates it to give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money.
We are eager people. Our attention fixates on whatever we put in front of it. I love the psalmist’s prayers to turn their heart towards God, instead of themselves. It reminds me not to be afraid to ask the Lord to grow my love for him.
It’s a weird request, really. “Make me love you, please.” Does God really inspire our affections towards him? I don’t know. But I have prayed this prayer, and I’ve experienced a wonderful answer.
When I (genuinely) ask God to help me direct my attention and eyes towards him, he does. Sometimes he pulls the rug out from under me a little, because he knows my response is to run back to him. Or he’ll put a godly, more mature person in my path who will encourage me and hold me accountable. Other times, he’ll speak to me through his Word. The verses will leap off the pages, catch my attention and pull me away from myself and towards him.
This is a valid prayer, asking him to help you grow in your relationship with him. Don’t be afraid to ask.