When we love God more than we love the sin that separates us from Him, our prayers become honest and pure like the Psalmist, who prayed: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:23-24‬) There are many times I CANNOT pray this prayer because I am acutely aware of the sin I am holding onto.

Why would I voluntarily hold onto anything that separates me from the presence of God?

If I’m honest, it’s because I believe my sin of choice will give me MORE joy, love, satisfaction, strength and purpose—than God does. So, for example, if I choose to dress to draw sexual attention to my body, I must believe attention to my body will give me greater satisfaction than drawing attention to God’s presence in my soul. Or, in a financial crisis, if I choose the sin of worry instead of trusting God and praying for His guidance, I am believing worry works better than God. In these moment by moment decisions we are either for—or—against God—we’re never both. If we hang onto them, we can’t pray in the honest transparency of the Psalmist.

However, when we make choices to live free from the shackles of sin, we experience the greatest joy, love, wisdom, satisfaction, strength and purpose. Why? Because the purest forms of these experiences —come from God. Experiencing Him makes our heart to long to be even closer; and thus, we pray fervently for God to reveal any wicked way within our heart in order to keep that channel of blessings wide open.

When we experience God, His presence is our greatest cure for the disease of sin.

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