Grant me purity of heart,
so that I may honor you. — Psalm 86:11 NLT
Our purpose while we are here on earth is to honor and glorify God. As sinners, we had neither the knowledge, ability or desire to do that. It was only after we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior that we came to realize how weak and foolish we were. As Christians, our knowledge and ability are still limited. That is why we must daily call upon the Holy Spirit to teach us God’s ways. Our flesh will rebel, so we need the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome those desires and to change the desires of our hearts. He is waiting to guide us into all truth and to give us pure hearts that yearn for fellowship with Jesus. There is an old hymn with these words that we should make a daily prayer: “Just a closer walk with thee, grant it, Jesus, let it be.” Our hearts should long for Jesus more than anything else in this world. Any day spent without a conversation with Jesus is a dark, lonely and misspent day. Just as the sun rises in the east every morning to dispel the darkness, so must we allow the Son to arise in us each morning to dispel the darkness of evil that surrounds us. “Open wide the gates and let the King of glory come in”.