Praying with Personal Integrity
One of the greatest tools God gave us was the tool that the Apostle Paul used so widely. Prayers from a heart and life of integrity can touch the whole world.
Paul lived in integrity. As he faced prison for his testimony he declared in Acts 24:16 "This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men."
This statement Paul made in Acts should stir all of our hearts. Paul said that he always strove to not have any conscious un-repented of sins in his life.
Integrity is a wonderful word to describe the life of a believer who has great power in their prayers.
As we turn to Ephesians 4, we are listening as the Apostle Paul sat chained to the wall and to a guard in a Roman prison, he prayed. His prayers fanned out across the ancient world, encouraging struggling pastors, strengthening church planters, stirring the hearts of new believers, and on and on went the stream of prayers.
Paul never ceased to pray until the Roman executioner severed his body and his spirit soared into the presence of God. Up to that moment he labored night and day in prayer.
Today, are your prayers hindered by sin that is not being turned away from in your life? As we pray for those we love we are to pray for them to not only experience reality in their spiritual lives, but also integrity in their personal lives.
The well known verse in Psalm 66:18 should always come to mind when we think of integrity and the impact our lives can have on our prayers:
"If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear."
A Four-Part Prayer Plan for Every Believer
There are four elements that can measure the strength of a church, the power of the lives of individuals, and the depth of discipleship.
These areas we are examining one-by-one are:
- reality in their spiritual life
- integrity in their personal life
- stability in their relational life
- eternity during their temporal/earthly life
These truths are all summed up with the Scripture passage that teaches them, on a small card that I carry around in my wallet that corresponds to and summarizes the Word Filled family book.
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