“Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him” (Psalm 4:3).
To be sanctified is to be set apart…to be made holy. We, like the first century Christians, have been set apart, sanctified, and made holy for the purpose of being sent into the world by Jesus. The word of the Lord, His truth, is the means for our holiness. We are called not only to hear it or read it, but to obey it: “He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it’” (Luke 11:28). “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22). We can only be set apart as holy vessels for the Lord’s purposes by obeying the truth of God’s word through the power of the Holy Spirit: “…But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).
–Adapted from Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings) by David and Kim Butts
Lord, as you have set me apart for your service, so I commit myself to you. May your Word dwell richly in me, coming to life through the power of your Holy Spirit.
Praise God as the all-knowing one. Thank God for caring enough for you to teach you his ways and warn you when you stray. Confess times of willful ignorance of his ways. Commit to listening and following God’s directions. Ask him to provide faithful teachers and examples for you.
Pray that you will be diligent in teaching those under your care. Ask God to help you be an excellent model for your children (or for the children of your friends).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend