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Developing A Daily Devotional Habit 9

93137TargetPoint  Vol 9 of 31

Today’s Verse/Thought: CONFESSION-The Necessity and the How

Psalm 51:10-11 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Life Implication:
King David, in Psalm 51, has helped us greatly by establishing a pattern for daily confession.

David cries out for DIVINE HOLINESS (create in me a clean heart). He pleads, I cannot be cleansed or forgiven by my own actions. Forgiveness is a work only God can do.

David cries out for a DIVINE ATTITUDE (renew a right spirit within me). David’s first petition concerns a right relationship with God, while this petition concerns a right relationship with others. One’s attitude is crucial to dynamic praying. Bitterness toward others drains prayer of power.

David confesses his need for DIVINE GUIDANCE (Do not cast me away from your presence.) Here we confess our need for God’s presence throughout the day, especially to defeat temptation.

David cries out for DIVINE PRESENCE. (Do not take Your Holy Spirit from me). This aspect of desire for the Holy Spirit’s presence, is to admit that without God’s Spirit operating in and through us all efforts will be hopelessly ineffective.

Life Application:
During confession, AMPLIFY David’s requests, while ELABORATING on areas that need improvement in your life.

Take a MENTAL TRIP through the previous twenty-four hours in order to allow God to reveal specific needs for confession.

ASK YOURSELF, Did I fail God in any areas of personal conduct?  Was I honest in my dealings with others?  Were my thoughts pleasant to God?  As God reveals various spiritual shortcomings, CONFESS THEM and BELIEVE FOR TOTAL VICTORY.

And finally, CONFESS YOUR NEED for God’s guidance and supernatural presence.

And now, with a clean heart, we are ready for the next step in prayer . . .

Tomorrow In TargetPoint
Scripture Praying, The Act of Faith Appropriation