Can I lock up my heart by prayer?

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Clearly, if given a choice, I would not chose evil. For one thing, I know God hates evil and loves those who hate evil.

The Lord loves those who hate evil;[b]
    he protects the lives of his people;
    he rescues them from the power of the wicked. – Psalm 97:10  GNT

If I say I hate evil, what about hating the evil that is within me?

It weakens me. I cannot pray after committing sin. I know I cannot be anywhere near the passion I normally have. I have lost my power. In fact, I cut my prayer time short or leave it altogether. Prayer may actually cause me to stop sinning and maybe this one thing I do, I do not want to stop. Then as I engage in ministry, I cannot. An unholy man must be a useless one.

How it must grieve Jesus. All I need to do is get rid of my sin and while no law will help, my praying to Him will. If I can get as much light on it as possible, that would be best. While getting the light on my sin is good, I want to make sure that it is not the light of my own judgement but the light of the Holy Spirit that I allow to shine on my heart. He will detect my sin and that is one step towards my healing. The next is to confess it and my mind begins to enter a holy state to gauge sin appropriately for what it is. In some cases, I might just have to run from them for there is no other way. For if I am to keep away from sin, I will need a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit.

“Lock up your hearts by prayer every morning and give God the key, so that nothing can get in.” – Old Master Dyer

May I never palliate sin.

The year of grace 1654,

Monday, 23 November, feast of St. Clement, pope and martyr, and others in the martyrology. Vigil of St. Chrysogonus, martyr, and others. From about half past ten at night until about half past midnight,

FIRE.

GOD of Abraham, GOD of Isaac, GOD of Jacob
not of the philosophers and of the learned.
Certitude. Certitude. Feeling. Joy. Peace.
GOD of Jesus Christ.
My God and your God.
Your GOD will be my God.
Forgetfulness of the world and of everything, except GOD.
He is only found by the ways taught in the Gospel.
Grandeur of the human soul.
Righteous Father, the world has not known you, but I have known you.
Joy, joy, joy, tears of joy.
I have departed from him:
They have forsaken me, the fount of living water.
My God, will you leave me?
Let me not be separated from him forever.
This is eternal life, that they know you, the one true God, and the one that you sent, Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ.
I left him; I fled him, renounced, crucified.
Let me never be separated from him.
He is only kept securely by the ways taught in the Gospel:
Renunciation, total and sweet.
Complete submission to Jesus Christ and to my director.
Eternally in joy for a day’s exercise on the earth.
May I not forget your words. Amen. – Blaise Pascal

 

 

Come and pray

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I came across the summary of the items in the Tabernacle and saw incense once again. It reminded me of the importance of worship.

The gold altar; the anointing oil; the sweet-smelling incense; the curtain for the entrance of the Tent. – Exodus 39:38 GNT

My prayer life is a vital part of my spiritual worship connecting me with my God. It pictures me approaching my Father and having a time of fellowship with Him allowing me to get to know Him more. As I share my life with Him, He shares His glory with me and walks with me in my poverty and my needs.

I do not pray alone for the Holy Spirit enables me and intercedes with me.

The incense reminds me that I can approach God the way I do because of Jesus, my High Priest. I dare approach as boldly as I do to obtain mercy and find grace in my time of need.

To find a regular time of prayer is key for me. Jesus did this often – so much so He was predictable.

Judas, the traitor, knew where it was, because many times Jesus had met there with his disciples. – John 18:2 GNT

Prayer is also a natural outcome of my thirst for God.

The Lord is pleased when good people pray, but hates the sacrifices that the wicked bring him. – Proverbs 15:8 GNT

I am encouraged to pray as I reflect on knowing that God delights when I do and in return my soul is satisfied.

Prayer becomes my antidote to complaining and arguing.

 Do everything without complaining or arguing,  so that you may be innocent and pure as God’s perfect children, who live in a world of corrupt and sinful people. You must shine among them like stars lighting up the sky. – Philippians 2:14-15 GNT

I thank God for everything that is right, never forgetting that He does answer prayer. I think God would much rather me come to Him and pray than to hear me grumble.

“To this let us join a third rule: that anyone who stands before God to pray, in his humility giving glory completely to God, abandon all thought of his own glory, cast off all notion of his own worth, in fine, put away all self-assurance—”lest if we claim for ourselves anything, even the least bit, we should become vainly puffed up, and perish at his presence. We have repeated examples of this submission, which levels all haughtiness, in God’s servants; each one of whom, the holier he is, the more he is cast down when he presents himself before the Lord. Thus spoke Daniel, whom the Lord himself commended with so great a title: “We do not pour forth our prayers unto thee on the ground of our righteousnesses but on the ground of thy great mercy. O Lord, hear us; O Lord, be kindly unto us. Hear us, and do what we ask . . . for thine own sake . . . because thy name is called upon over thy people, and over thine holy place” [Dan. 9:18-19]. – Calvin