Day 3 of Prayer & Fasting - Prayer for Examination
Psalm 139:23-24 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.
“Let God have your life; He can do more with it than you can.” - Dwight L. Moody
There was a man who lived in Florida who had a little bitty lime tree which never produced good fruit. It was amazing. No matter what he did the tree never produced any fruit which he could use. The limes were always covered in black kind of mold or fungus or something. He would wash them off, but it would remain. One afternoon he took to inspecting the lime tree closely and discovered that this blight which covered the fruit was also covering the branches and the trunk of the small tree. He brushed aside some of the sandy soil around the base of the tree only to discover that the black coloration when right into the roots. He broke off one of the branches of the tree and further discovered that the black substance stained even the inside of the tree. The tree was sick from within. From a distance the tree looked fine, up close the tree looked like something had merely settled upon its fruit and branches, upon closer inspection it became clear that the disease emanated from within.
So it is, the text says, with the man who thinks that he is religious but is deceived. “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” (James 1:26 ESV) If anyone thinks himself to be religious must not examine outward standards of appearance but must examine his heart.
1. When is the last time you asked God to examine your heart?
2. Take a moment to think about your actions: do you think that they please God? Remember, actions flow from the heart.