Washing Up

If you have little boys, you know that they tend to get pretty dirty. Well, at least mine do. So, one of my regular jobs is to give them a bath. It's not my favorite job of the day, I can tell you that. But still, it needs to be done, if not for health reasons, for the well-being of everyone else around them! And so it is with us. Sometimes we don't want to face or deal with the sin in our lives. But as long as we let it stay and linger, the more firmly entrenched it becomes in our lives. When we bathe regularly, the dirt doesn't have time to settle.

Today's prayer is for me as a mother, so that I may continue to grow continually towards what God has for me. I encourage you to pray along, allowing the Lord to surface specific areas that need His cleansing. May He give You peace and freedom as You do so.

Heavenly Father,

You tell us blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see You (Matt. 5:8). I know that I don't like to face those things that are impure in me.  And yet, if I want to see You and know You, I must. You promise that You are faithful and just to forgive me of my sins and purify me from all unrighteousness if I humble myself and confess it to you (1 John 1:9). When I keep silent, "my bones waste away through groaning all day long" (Ps. 32:3) but when I acknowledge my sin to you, when I confess my transgressions, you are faithful to forgive (Ps. 32:5).

Cleanse me, and I will be clean, wash me and I will be whiter than snow (Ps. 51:7). Lord, may you find clean hands and a pure heart in me (Ps. 24:4). For when you clean me on the inside, it will start manifesting itself on the outside (Matt. 23:26).

But I don't want to just be clean for a moment. Please teach me how to learn to think on all that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8). The enemy wants me to go back to playing in the dirt after a bath. Please help me not to be led astray, but instead teach me how to live out a sincere and pure devotion to You (2 Cor. 11:3).

Most of all, I want to live out a life of love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith (1 Tim. 1:5) so that I can glorify You and be Your agent of forgiveness and healing in a world that desperately needs You. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Part 5 of a series: A Mother's Hands, A Mother's Prayer