Sunday, October 5, 2014

October 6 "Deal With the Inside of Your Own Heart" Luke 11, 12

Prayer quiets our hearts before God.  For we must deal with what is stirring in the inside of our hearts. Houses that are swept from sins are still not spanking clean.  Luke 11:25. The house is not washed through.  Only the loose dirt sweeps away.  There's still sin untouched.  And we may think we are doing good but we could even be doing harm to ourselves and others.  Covering over our sins with paint and shellac and veneer and highlights merely garnishes and glosses over the situation.  Luke 11:39 - Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and platter---they sweep the floor---but their inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.  Can we own up to the sins of our own hearts?  Can we pray without ceasing that we make sense of the Word of God that reveals our turnings.  Can we pray for open understanding of the the Light being shed within us.  And, where there is darkness, and we are wrong, may we be found out, and loved and delivered.  For there we find Grace.

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Father, as we walk before You today, as we are reminded that You exist, we pray for understanding of the Light shed in our hearts.  And for those dark spots, shine that Light brighter.  And may we, this day, not just sweep our houses.  May we allow You to do deep cleaning of the ravening within.  And all those desires we have for good, 2 Thes 1:11, You go right ahead and do it for us, Lord Jesus!  Our souls boast Your name.

PHOTO:  Spent quiet moments at this dock today feeding the ducks.  White hot sun.  Praying for my family and friends.  Quiet my own heart.  Level my own soul.  Oh God, don't let me sweep things away but clean me from the inside out.

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