Posted by Jerry White on Feb 9, 2015
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good.
Isaiah 1:16 -17a (ESV)
“Clean hands are indicative of a holy character and are the first condition for prayer. The Psalmist would stand before God with his arms outstretched and his plans lifted to visibly represent a holy character and clean hands. You must come to prayer with the same testimony.
John Stott made a striking statement: ‘There is no happiness without holiness.’ Do not be indifferent to sin. Sin grieves the Spirit of God, and when the Spirit is grieved, you cannot prevail in prayer. You are rendered helpless, for the Spirit alone knows the will of God.
You walk with a holy God. In yourself you are unholy, but in Christ, you are holy. You contribute nothing to this holiness. Appropriating Christ’s holiness as your own is God’s provision. You begin as perfect in Christ and aim at perfection in your experience. It is a paradox. You are sanctified in Christ, but you are also being sanctified. You are holy, and you are also to become holy. Knowing that you are apt to stray should not destroy your confidence. Concentrate on your Savior, not your sinfulness. You enter God’s presence with Christ’s holy character to pray and to prevail in prayer.”
Joseph S. Carroll
Reflections on Faith & Prayer, 90
For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
Hebrews 10:14 (ESV)