Prayer and Sin, from Isaiah 1

“Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims. Wash yourselves and be clean. . . . Give up your evil ways. Learn to do good (Isaiah 1:15-17).

Powerful prayer and sin can’t coexist. Mercifully, the Lord offers hope and help for those who struggle with sin.

“Come now, let’s settle this,” Says the Lord. Though your sins are as scarlet, I will make them as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18).”

Pray from a heart purified by the blood of Jesus.

Led by a child

I was visiting family friends. Their three year old daughter prayed before our meal.

I can’t remember her exact words, but this was the form of her prayer: “Thank you for this. Thank you for that. Thank you for the other thing.  Thank you for the food. Amen.”

We can pray like she did. Begin every sentence of your prayer with thanks.