Purpose: Cleansing the heart inpreparation to hear GodThis session we will explore two major areasthat make our hearts unclean: Denying our sins Giving in to fearWe will learn how to cleanse our heart byconfessing our sin and trusting God rather thangiving in to fear.
Create in me a clean heart O GodCreate in me a clean heart O God
How do I know your still small voiceHow do I know your still small voicein the midst of all that isin the midst of all that isgoing on within me?going on within me?
How God’s words in listening prayercan become polluted in our spirit: 13Who is wise and understanding among you?Let him show it by his good life, by deedsdone in the humility that comes from wisdom.14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfishambition in your hearts, do not boast about itor deny the truth. 15Such "wisdom" does notcome down from heaven but is earthly,unspiritual, of the devil. - James 3:13-15
How God’s words in listening prayercan become polluted in our spirit: 16For where you have envy and selfishambition, there you find disorder and everyevil practice. 17But the wisdom that comesfrom heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercyand good fruit, impartial and sincere.James 3:16-17
Have you ever found yourselfHave you ever found yourselfhiding from God?hiding from God?
Why are we so resistant to telling GodWhy are we so resistant to telling Godthat we are wrong?that we are wrong?
I am truly sorry Lord:1Have mercy on me, O God,according to your unfailing love;according to your great compassionblot out my transgressions.2Wash away all my iniquityand cleanse me from my sin.Psalm 51:1-2
I Am Truly Sorry Lord: 3For I know my transgressions,and my sin is always before me.4Against you, you only, have I sinnedand done what is evil in your sight,so that you are proved right when youspeak and justified when you judge.Psalm 51:3-4
You are the only one Lord that canget me clean again:10Create in me a pure heart, O God,and renew a steadfast spirit within me.11Do not cast me from your presenceor take your Holy Spirit from me.12Restore to me the joy of your salvationand grant me a willing spirit, to sustainme.Psalm 51:10-12
Is it possible that we fill our lives toIs it possible that we fill our lives tooverflowing with worldly stuff sooverflowing with worldly stuff sothat we can avoid beingthat we can avoid beingalone with God?alone with God?
Why are we so prone to move away fromWhy are we so prone to move away fromGod rather than to move toward God?God rather than to move toward God?
Prone to wander Lord I feel It,prone to leave the Lord I love1What causes fights and quarrels among you?Dont they come from your desires that battlewithin you? 2You want something but dontget it. You kill and covet, but you cannot havewhat you want. You quarrel and fight. Youdo not have, because you do not ask God.3When you ask, you do not receive, becauseyou ask with wrong motives, that you mayspend what you get on your pleasures. –James 4:1-3
Prone to wander Lord I feel it, proneto leave the Lord I love4You adulterous people, dont you know thatfriendship with the world is hatred towardGod? Anyone who chooses to be a friend ofthe world becomes an enemy of God. 5Or doyou think Scripture says without reason thatthe spirit he caused to live in us enviesintensely?James 4:4-5
Heart barrier to listening prayerthat this session addresses: We hide from God because we are embarrassedabout our sin. We think that we have to cleanup our act ourselves for a few days before wecan approach God in prayer. So the net result isthat we are constantly putting off a relationshipwith God until we get ourselves straightenedout.
Prayer time: Confess that you sometimes try to hide from theLord because you are ashamed of your sin. Ask for the Lord’s forgiveness, and ask theLord to give you a clean heart.
How do I move toward GodHow do I move toward Godrather than awayrather than awayfrom God?from God?
Come near to God, and He willCome near to God, and He willcome near to you.come near to you.James 4:7-10James 4:7-10
I long to be in a close personalrelationship with you O Lord:Dear Lord,It is my desire to seek you with all of my heart.I pray that you would help me overcome allthe resistance of my heart to drawing close toyou through your mighty power. In Jesus’name I pray. Amen
Submit yourselves then to GodSubmit yourselves then to God
Prayer of surrender to God:Dear Lord,I surrender the leadership of my life into your care. Iask you to take control of my life, and to give meyour guidance, wisdom, and direction that I sodesperately need. I confess my stubbornness of heartand my desire to do things my way rather than yourway. Help me Lord to learn how to follow yourguidance and to hear your voice so that I may followyou. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
Resist the devil,Resist the devil,And he will flee from you.And he will flee from you.
In prayer, declare victory overSatan’s ability to lie to you:Thank you God for the victory thatJesus won for us through his death andresurrection. I receive what you havedone for me, and I resist all of Satan’sschemes and plans in the name of Jesus.
In prayer, declare victory over Satan’sability to lie to you:I plead the blood of Jesus over this time ofprayer and command that only your HolySpirit shall come close and prosper.Thank you Lord that through Jesus I canhave victory over all of Satan’s lies. InJesus’ name I pray. Amen
Wash your hands you sinners,Wash your hands you sinners,and purify your heartsand purify your heartsyou double-minded.you double-minded.
Search me O God and knowmy heart:I ask you to search my heart O Godand to reveal to me anything that I havedone by thought, word, or deed that hasbeen displeasing in your sight.
Search me O God and knowmy heart:I repent of my sin, and confess that it is againstyou, and you only that I have sinned. Thankyou for the forgiveness that Jesus won forme on the cross. I receive his forgivenessand my desire is to serve you with all of myheart. In Jesus’ name I pray.Amen
Grieve, mourn, and wail.Grieve, mourn, and wail.Change your laughter to mourning andChange your laughter to mourning andyour joy to gloom.your joy to gloom.
I am sorry that I have grieved YouO Lord:Dear Lord,I am truly sorry for my sin, and I amgrieved for the way that my sin grieves theHoly Spirit O Lord.I apologize to you O Lord from the bottomof my heart. In Jesus’ name I pray.Amen
Humble yourselves before the LordHumble yourselves before the Lordand He will lift you up.and He will lift you up.
To God be the glory:Dear Lord,It is my desire to live for your glory OLord rather than to live for my own. I praythat Jesus would increase in my life, and that Iwould decrease. In Jesus’ name I pray.Amen
Will you show me Lord which wayWill you show me Lord which wayYou want me to go?You want me to go?
I don’t want to take this wrongpath Lord:Behold, the man who would not make Godhis refuge,But trusted in the abundance of his riches,and was strong in his evil desire.Psalm 52:7
Our lack of trust hinders our ability toreceive the Lord’s discernment in prayer5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; andlean not unto thine own understanding. 6In allthy ways acknowledge him, and he shalldirect thy paths.Proverbs 3:5-6
How do you trust God in the midstHow do you trust God in the midstof an uncertain future?of an uncertain future?
The Lord is my shepherdThe Lord is my shepherd
Surely goodness and mercy shall followSurely goodness and mercy shall followme all the days of my lifeme all the days of my life
And I will dwell in the houseAnd I will dwell in the houseof the Lord forever.of the Lord forever.
Heart barrier to approaching Godin listening prayer: We are afraid of what will happen to us if wereally trust God. We are afraid that we will loseour financial security if we radically trust God.We become crippled with fear and are afraid ofseeking God’s direction for our lives for fear ofwhat the consequences might be if we trulyyield to the Lord’s leadership.
Prayer Time: Dear Lord,I know that you have not given us a spirit of fear,but instead you give us your power, your love,and a sound mind. I lay my fears down at thefoot of the cross and come what may, I trustyou.In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen