“Sanctify them by the truth” (John 17:17).
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 and read it, but also to obey it: “He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it’” (Luke 1:28). “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). When we pray to be set apart, our prayers should match up with Jesus’ desire and purpose for us – to carry His light and life to a dark and hurting world.
Thank You, Father, for setting me apart as Your own. Through the power of Your Holy Spirit, You have sanctified me. Let me live my life completely for You, always ready to go where You tell me to go and do what You tell me to do. Because You are holy, I commit myself to live in holiness through Your Holy Spirit living within me.
–Adapted from Pray like the King: Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings by David and Kim Butts. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God for being sovereign, all-powerful, just, and gentle—all at the same time! Thank him for dealing gently with you in your faults. Confess times of lashing out at others. Commit yourself to reflecting the gentleness of God to those around you, and ask God to produce that part of his Spirit’s fruit in abundance in you.
Pray that Christians who differ with one another will present a positive example to the world of how to gently disagree in love. Ask God to present that example also through you in your own conflict situations.
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