Daily D – 1 Chronicles 29:17
1 Chronicles 29:17 “I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously.” (NLT)
Prayer from a heart of integrity and pure motives moves God’s heart. Integrity synchronizes the mind, will, and emotions in joyful submission to God’s eternal purposes. Pure motives desire exclusively what God wants for us.
Powerful prayer is a matter of laying down my desires and taking up God’s desires for me.
Powerful prayer acknowledges God as the Giver of All Good Things. (See King David’s full prayer in verses 11-19.)
Powerful prayer declares God’s greatness, power, glory, victory, and majesty (verse 11).
Powerful prayer understands we and everything we call our own belongs to God.
Powerful prayer seeks God’s highest and best for others (verses 18, 19).
Prayer is powerful when we trust that God knows all about us and loves us anyway and when we can think of nothing better for ourselves or others than what God wants for us.
How will you pray today?
I will pray from a heart of integrity and pure motives.
Our Father, you are the Giver of All Good Things. What you want for me is far superior to anything I could want for myself. Examine my heart. Drive out anything keeping me from integrity. Examine my motives. Replace anything impure with your gracious goodness. Empower me to pray with integrity and pure motives now and always. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.