Psalm 51:1,2 – “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”
Last night, I took some time and cleaned an area upstairs that hadn’t been touched in a while. I removed THREE garbage bags full of trash – papers, notebooks, pens and broken stuff. Junk. Plain and simple. When I told my kids what I had done, my daughter, bless her heart, said, “Mom, did you throw away everything we own?”
You know, sometimes we let stuff pile up in our life. We let troubles, anxiety and stress take their toll on our heart and then we wonder why we are such a mess. Sometimes it is just easier to stuff things into the recess of our heart and think that we will tackle it another day.
Sometimes we need to just go through things. We need to clean up, toss out and re-evaluate things.
That is where prayer comes in.
When was the last time you took time to ask God to clean out your heart? When was the last time you poured out all your junk and left it for Him to sort through? He is the One that knows the sin in your life. He is the One that can remove it. But He won’t remove it until you ask Him to. And you need Him to point it out to you so that you can ask forgiveness.
Let’s face it – you cannot clean up on your own. He is the One that MUST do the cleaning. But He won’t clean out or toss out anything you don’t ask Him to.
It’s Friday. That means Sunday is coming. You have today and tomorrow to ask and get the ball rolling. Sunday is a great day to finish the task. Worship Him with a clean spirit this week. And then share what has changed in your heart with someone. You know how good it feels to get things cleaned up, tell someone else!