“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened” (Psalm 66:18).
“…your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isa. 59:2).
“Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God, his Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob” (Psalm 24:3-6).
Regardless of our prayer skills or lack of, we will not become a mighty people of prayer until we begin to develop a passion for the holy life. I believe that the scriptures we have just looked at show us the way to live a life of holiness. The key to our holiness is nothing less than the holiness of God Himself. We are to be holy…because He is holy! Look at what the scriptures say of His holiness:“Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you–majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” (Ex. 15:11)
“And they were calling to one another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isa. 6:3).
“Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed” (Rev.15:4).
–Taken from the article, Holiness: Prerequisite for Answered Prayer by Dave Butts. Click on the title to read the entire article.
Father, I desire to stand in the place of holiness. Clean me, purify me and wash me continually. You are holy, Lord God Almighty! May I continually be lifting up Your Name and standing in the place of prayer as a holy vessel.
Praise God for the example of servanthood given when Jesus washed the disciples’ feet (Jn. 13:5-15). Thank Jesus for his promise that you will be blessed in being a servant, following his example (13:17). Confess those times you are quarrelsome and resentful, not wanting to be a servant (2 Tim. 2:24). Commit yourself to God as Samuel did and respond: “Speak, for your servant is listening” (1 Sam. 3:10). Ask God to reveal clearly his assigned task for you, even as he did for Paul (1 Cor. 3:5).
Pray that your church will faithfully learn the joy of servanthood in every area, fixing their eyes on Jesus, not growing weary or losing heart (Heb. 12:2-3).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).