One of George Müller’s secrets to a life of passionate prayer was the determination on one hand to walk uprightly and the equal determination on the other not to indulge knowingly or habitually in anything that may be contrary to the mind of God as revealed in His Word. Müller took seriously the verse in Psalm 66:18: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” Above all else, Müller longed for his relationship with God to be pure.
Linking answered prayer with purity of heart in a cause-and-effect equation, George believed that a person’s faith was either strengthened or weakened in direct proportion to the measure that the believer was willing to separate himself from known sin. When we consciously ask the Holy Spirit to evaluate our thoughts and intentions, Müller said, the Spirit has the freedom to create within us greater faith and direct us to act in ways that bring honor and glory to Himself. Because Müller was sensitive to God’s holy character, and yearned to be made increasingly into the likeness of Jesus Christ, the phrase “Walk uprightly and do not regard iniquity in your heart” became the theme of his meditation, giving rise to his enduring hope that, “My whole life shall be one service for the Living God.”
Faithful Holy Spirit, I give You permission to search my heart for sin and to evaluate every thought and intention within me. Help me to walk uprightly, and to walk so closely with God that my life becomes a lovely reflection of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! May I say and do only those things that bring honor and glory to Your Name, and may I serve You with complete integrity all the days of my life.
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 24, An Historical Role Model of Personal Passion in Prayer by Karen O’Dell Bullock). This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise the Lamb of God, who was beaten and crucified for the sins of the world. Thank him for taking your place, your punishment, your sins on himself. Confess the sins that have been on your conscience this past week, knowing that God will deal gently with you (Heb. 4:14-16). Commit yourself to living for Christ, not for the empty way of life that his blood redeemed you from (1 Pet. 1:18-19). Ask Jesus to help you understand the depth of the love that sent him to the cross for you.
Intercede for specific missionaries that you know, asking God to protect them from evil, provide for all their financial needs, and encourage them by giving a good response to their message.