God is not satisfied with incomplete holiness. You will find in Scripture the truth that holiness can never be accomplished by any of us just trying hard….Jesus’ is absolutely essential for us to experience the new birth and new life in Christ. It is HIS righteousness that is now at work in us. Since God’s holiness has been placed within us, we should now make our best effort to live out that life of holiness as we keep our eyes on our Holy God. And God expects us to strive for personal holiness which is demonstrated by the way we live our lives:
“Perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Cor. 7:1). Perfecting….working on it…striving for it….and the motive? Reverence for God and wanting to be like Him. There is no greater compliment to a dad, than when a son or daughter wants to be like him. We give God pleasure as long as we strive for holiness – to be like our Heavenly Father.
–Adapted from the article Personal Holiness: Unlocking the Door to Effective Prayer by Dave Butts.
Holy God, my heart longs to know You more deeply and purely. May your righteousness work in me so that day by day Jesus is more evident in my life. Help me to keep my eyes upon You so that every word, every thought and every action is controlled by Your Spirit. I want to look like You, Abba Father. In Jesus’ Name.
Praise God that “from him and through him and to him are all things” (Rom. 11:36). Thank God for being both your dwelling place and your destination. Confess times that you have tried to live independently of his authority. Commit yourself to offering your body “as [a] living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” (Rom. 12:1). Ask God to help you in “whatever you do, whether in word or deed, [to] do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col. 3:17).
Pray for all the unsaved persons in your city, that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow… and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Phil. 2:10-11).
“Prayer is hardest when it is hardest to pray.” —Anonymous
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend