Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Praying for the Heart - A Pure Heart

Pray for a Pure Heart

Psalm 119:9 tells how to keep your way and heart pure: by guarding it according to God’s word. God’s standard is purity. God is pure. His Word is pure.

A pure heart is one that is marked by chastity. This has the idea of sexual purity. God desires us to be pure in this way as clearly stated in the Ten Commandments, “You shall not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14)

Purity also includes our motives. It is easy to manipulate other people and situations to our advantage. When that happens, our motives are not pure. Our conduct needs to be pure in this way. There should be no question regarding our motives.

Joseph displays purity when he was tempted by Potiphar’s wife, he fled. He remained pure. That cost him his job and his freedom. Later we see that God worked all of this to his good and there was a reward for his purity.

When we are living a pure life we will be blameless. Love, knowledge and discernment will all lead to a pure and blameless life.

If this is an area of struggle, remember David’s confession after his sin. Psalm 51 records the whole prayer but verse 10 is the plea for a clean or pure heart. God is faithful to forgive.

A pure heart strives to live as God desires, keeping sin confessed, motives pure, and behavior honoring. This comes from knowing God’s holiness and guarding our thoughts and actions.

Pray that you will remain pure in your thoughts and actions. Pray for others about this specifically. Satan would like nothing better than to cause us to sin in this area. Pray for a pure heart.

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