Sunshine blazed through my bathroom window today and revealed a layer of dust on the countertop. I’d cleaned that surface only a couple of days ago, but you’d never know it. Why? Because I’d left the window ajar—albeit only a few inches—on the weekend, and it provided an open invitation for the wind to blow dust in and about the room.
Sin works in the same way. Have you noticed how quickly it sneaks in if we leave even a wee area of our life open to the enemy’s wiles? Take our thoughts, for instance.
Jealous, lustful, envious, and critical thoughts—habitually entertained—extend an invitation to Satan. Letting them run unbridled is akin to saying, “Come on in! The window (or the door) is wide open.” He doesn’t need a second invitation!
We must be on our guard, aware of our weaknesses and willing to do something about them lest the enemy wage war on our souls and win. How can we do that? Here’s one suggestion: Pray as King David did—“Create in me a clean heart, O God” (Psalm 51:10).
Imagine the difference in our spiritual journey if we sincerely prayed these words every day. It would be like saying, “Lord, come on in! Shine Your light of truth into my secret thoughts. Examine my motives. Scrutinize my desires. Bring all of these things into alignment with Your holiness.”
Doing so shuts out the devil but opens our lives wide to the Holy Spirit’s working. He makes us sensitive to sin in our lives and willing to quickly seek forgiveness and restoration so we can enjoy sweet and intimate fellowship with Jesus.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God”—a prayer I’ll make part of my daily routine. Will you join me?