God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
- Psalms 51:10
Psalms 51 is a beautiful picture of what a repentant heart looks like. The bible refers to David as a man after God’s heart (Acts 13:22) even though he committed adultery and murder (2 Samuel 11). David wasn’t a perfect man. If he was alive today, the world would be rallying to have him removed as king and arrested for murder. David did not go unpunished for his crimes. The baby born out of David and Bathsheba’s adultery died. David sought forgiveness from God and asked Him to renew an unwavering, faithful, steadfast spirit within him. And God did! Here’s another beautiful picture of God’s grace: Jesus’ lineage can be traced back to David himself (Matthew 1:1-6).
As we go through these 21 days of prayer and fasting ask God to not only give you a clean heart—which He does when we repent of our sin and ask Him for forgiveness—but a steadfastness that will position you to be an empty vessel ready and willing to be used by God. Steadfast is another way of saying being “unwavering or faithful”. Prayer and fasting allows us to clean out the clutter in our lives and to hear more clearly the voice of God. Maybe there is some sin, some stronghold, some soul tie that has become a roadblock to you being sensitive to God’s voice. As you pray, and as you fast, ask God to give you the same willingness that David had to run to God. If you are not broken over your sin, ask God to break you today. We can’t expect revival to happen if we are not broken over our own sin nor can we expect revival to happen if the sin of others doesn’t break our hearts. Let’s pray Psalms 51:10 today asking God to give us a clean heart and a steadfast spirit.
Read Psalms 51. What is God showing you or saying to you as you reflect on these Scriptures? Is there any sin He’s shown you that is keeping you from having a clean heart and a steadfast spirit?