“He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.”
Psalms 24:4 NASB
Walking with Jesus is a journey, filled with rocky trails, steep inclines, and sharp drops. It can be perilous if one does not keep a close eye on the path. My journey had all of the above, as I made my way to Christlikeness. There were many pitfalls that could bring my journey to a stop.
Past habits, struggles, experiences and ongoing sins made each step difficult and each additional step hesitant. On really bad days, I found myself stepping back, surrendering ground gained to things I really didn’t have to do.
At some point I began to engage in intercession on behalf of others. As I committed to this I began to notice that a lot of the struggles that besieged me began to fall away. It seemed that as I sought to communicate to a Most Holy God, I. needed to be clean.
I listened to a lot of Christian radio back then and one of the shows I loved was Back to the Bible with Woodrow Kroll. One morning during my listening he talked about prayer and emphasized the intercession of Jesus on behalf of believers.
He talked about the need for clean hands and pure heart. The message convicted me deeply. Though I had grown in the faith, there were sin areas that still ensnared me. Though these were private sins, they were inhibiting my ability to effectively prayer for others. The ease that I felt entering into intercession meant that God had called me to it. I have always had an urgency to pray for people. I now had to deal with the sins that kept me from my calling.
The greatest irony is the more I pray, the easier it is to resist the temptations buffeting me. I received greater and greater strength in obedience. The surrendering of my will allowed me to use God’s strength through the Holy Spirit.
I want my hands to be clean. So many need constant prayer, so many more need the Lord. Far be it from me to allow my appetites to stand in the way of God using my feeble prayers to manifest His mighty power in the lives of others.
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