8.16.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: When We Need a Good Cleaning


PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Later today, two ladies are coming over to clean my house. This is something I’ve kind of struggled with. On one hand, I actually like cleaning the house, but on the other—I’m a small business owner who doesn’t have time to do it right now. Then, I also wrestle that I can’t indulge in this kind of luxury, but I can also make the argument that it is actually a necessity.
Years ago, I had this idea that working from home meant that the house would be spotless, the laundry would stay caught up, and I’d have three healthy meals every day. HA! It didn’t take me long to figure out that wasn’t happening. I wondered how I’d ever found time to go to the grocery store when I worked outside the home.
For those who work from home too, you get it. There is no leaving work. My office is across the hall from my bedroom. While the commute is short, the hours are long. It was my friend Kelly who convinced me to hire some help. She asked me, “Would you rather spend five hours cleaning or five hours building your business?”
With that kind of logic, it didn’t take me long to make the phone call. And these ladies are awesome.
It’s also not the only time we’re dependent on someone else to do the cleaning.
In Psalm 51:10 ESV, King David wrote, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” This psalm is his confession to God after his affair with Bathsheba. After admitting his sin against God, he asked God to clean him.
David knew that cleaning himself wasn’t going to be enough. He needed God to wash his sins and iniquities away. He needed God to clean his heart from impurities and set things back in order.
God offers to do the same for us. Through the prophet Isaiah, God spoke to Judah and said, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool” (Isaiah 1:18 ESV).
What stands out to me in this passage is the phrase, “let us reason together.” What does that mean? I see it as a conversation and fellowship. When we commune with God and build a relationship with Him, He can turn our blood-stained sins to perfect white. He can clean us by the blood of Jesus and make us whole.
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for His blood that washes us clean. Thank God that He is able to clean and change our hearts if we ask Him to. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you turn to God, realizing that you’re not expected to do this by yourself.

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