Thursday, April 01, 2010

Day Six -- Thirty Days of Prayer

1) Romans 8:26-27 The Spirit also helps us in our weakness for we do not know how to pray as we should but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

We do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Holy Spirit of God helps and intercedes for Christians. Does that thought encourage you?

2) David prayed, "Create in me a pure heart." Psalm 51:10-13. This request occurs in his prayer of repentance for his sin with Bathsheba. However, it's a good thought for all of us to remember in our conversations with the Lord. In order to have pure hearts, we must appeal to God, for it is He who creates pure hearts within us. We may be able to make some superficial changes in our lives by human discipline, but we will never achieve a truly cleansed and changed heart by our own power. In fact, it is prideful and useless to substitute our own self-righteousness for the righteousness that comes through faith in Christ and that is by grace. If we beg God to change us, however, He will. This is not to say that we must not practice godly discipline; God does call us to exercise the gift of self-control. He does command us to put off sin and to put on the traits of a Christ-like character. However, the strength and grace to do this ultimately come from God, and we do well in our prayers to express our complete and total dependence on Him.

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