Prayer For Today

Thursday June 23, 2011

As I was reading in the Psalms this morning for my quiet time, I came across Psalms 51 and in particular versus 9-12 that I want to have as my theme in my interaction with the Lord. As you are reading this jlog this morning, I would encourage you to take these words and pray them to the Lord even as David did.

Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (Psalm 51:9-12NIV)

Our sins need to be blotted out in order to see a pure and holy God. Pure hearts without blemishes are prepared to hear God’s word and understand His truth. It opens us up to become steady and steadfast. In this journey, is is imperative that we have God’s Spirit controlling and empowering us so that we are not resting on our own power, but on His power and we can’t be controlled by the Holy Spirit without a clean and pure heart. As we allow the Holy Spirit to control and empower us, be will see every situation with joy because we will see that every situation is an opportunity for God to work in and thru us. Lastly we need Him to sustain us so that we are not like a flash in the pan, but have longevity and sustainability. What a wonderful prayer that we can go to the Lord and experience today if we are willing to allow Him to work into our life.

David finishes this prayer with the result of what will happen when this prayer is working in my life and yours. He says, “Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. (Psalm 51:13 NIV). The scriptures are not only for transformation to take place in my life, but when true changes take place in my life, I will become a transforming conduit for others to hear and become changed.

On this journey, it is essential that we are plugged into the right power source for strength and direction.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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