Forty Days of Praying the Word of God: Day 13

““Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them.”

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets… to be honored by others.”

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray… to be seen by others.””

Matthew 6:1-3

Father, motives matter to You, so I ask that You would purify my motives. If there is anything in me that needs to be seen, heard, or honored by others, I ask that You set it on fire, Lord. I pray that anything in me that is striving for the approval and the attention of humans would become crucified with Christ. I want to live, give, and pray from pure motives, from a heart that seeks to please You first.

Father would You expose the motives of my heart in my relationships, Shine a light in the deep places that hide the reason I serve, and even the reason I pray for others. In my marriage, in my ministry, in my workplace, I lay my heart before You and ask that You would “search me o’ God and know my heart”, see if there is any offensive way in me.

And I pray for all who are Your Church, Lord. I pray for purified motives in our worship, our preaching, our giving, and our serving. In all that You have called us to, may we be found without hypocrisy, Lord. Search us o’ God, know the heart of Your Church, and purify anything that offends You.

In the Name of Jesus, amen.

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