Two things keep us moving in the stream of God’s will and enable Him to work through us—obedience and faith. Sin destroys faith: “If our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence with God; and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight” (I John 3:21-22). Faith to receive from God depends on purity of heart. If we cherish the least sin in our hearts, to that extent “our hearts condemn us” and we won’t expect God to hear us (Ps. 66:18). Do we want more faith? Do we want to be confident that God will hear and answer our prayers? Then we must do what Paul said: “Let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of the flesh and spirit and, in the fear of God, bring holiness to completion” (II Cor. 7:1).
Blessings, Richard Kirby