FAITH CAPSULE: Man needs to engage prayer to have a clean heart.
Psalm 19, Daniel 1
It is important that man should give heart to a procedure that will remove all which represents wickedness. Procedure to remove and clean the heart is in prayer. The Psalmist prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) Determination to have clean heart will fail but prayer will prevail. Peter determined not to deny Jesus but failed. It was Jesus’ prayer for Peter that prevailed for Peter’s eventual restoration from denying Jesus. Man needs to engage prayer to help in having a clean heart.
The thinking which man carries in the heart is what will determine man’s exploit on the face of the earth. The book of Proverb 23:7 buttress “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he ‘Eat and drink!’ he says to you but his heart is not with you.’” It is clear that man should keep heart with diligence to avoid any form of negativity. With prayer, Man should also know and understand to keep heart with diligence otherwise wickedness will reap through the heart of man.
Daniel kept his heart with diligence by purposing positives to the glory of God. Daniel 1:8 records, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” Daniel’s operated a purposed heart and it marked him out for great exploit to the glory of God. Daniel’s heart made the difference that matters in all of his life.
Pride which is the root of all wickedness needs to be flushed out of man’s heart. It is our heart that God wants to meet before He commits great exploit into man’s hand. 2Chronicles16:9 testify, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.” What the eyes of God are looking for throughout the earth is not what our eyes or any eye can see. God’s eyes look for heart that is loyal to Him. For heart to become loyal it must be clean from all junks of life and be kept with all diligence. It is written, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
As you desire a clean heart, keep to heart the word of Proverbs 20:9 which states, Who can say, “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin”?. Desire and pray for a clean heart and God will deposit what it takes to have a clean heart.
Prayer for today: Let it be known in your prayer before God, how you desire a clean heart.