the beginning of a truly powerful prayer life is in turning. I must turn from sin. I must turn to God. This is the way with true repentance.
But so often we make repentance only about turning away from sin. It is that, but honestly, there can be no turn away from sin long term without there first being a turn to God. For only when we have turned to God and received His grace can we hope to have the power to remain turned from sin.
Indeed the very act of truthfully coming to God brings with it an automatic renunciation of sin. John showed this truth when he said “The man who says ‘I know Him’, but does not do what he commands is a liar and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in. This is how we know we are in Him. Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” I John 2: 4-6
Now John was not speaking here of sinless perfection. Who among us can claim that? Noone that’s who! Rather he was speaking of the characteristics of a heart that pursued God. A man who pursues God and really knows Him will hate sin and move constantly away from it even if from time to time he stumbles into it.
John is teaching that in a true turn towards God there is the removal of sin as almost a side effect. The man who has truly come to God and gotten to know Him cannot have sin growing in his life because the true presence of God does away with sin. It is a given that when men draw close to God sin starts to go away by increments
Our lifestyle then indicates not our salvation but our closeness to God. By extrapolation then we can say our outward lifestyle also indicates the strength of our prayer life.
But to grow in prayer we should not work to rid ourselves of sin. This is backwards. To rid ourselves of sin we should work on our prayer life. For anyone who has a truly powerful prayer life will find they have less and less sin in their hearts.
So many try so hard to work their way to God.
“If only I can get rid of this sin ,” They say “Then I will be closer to God.”
The truth is turn to God and get close to Him in prayer and then the sin will go. May I say sin does not overwhlem or do away with the presence of God. God’s presence does away with sin. But before God will make His presence known to an individual they must willingly and personally turn to Him.