I was reading in Matthew this morning, what has been called “Beatitudes” and praying that the characteristics of a blessed person would be genuine and obvious in my life. . . until I got to those which talk about ‘persecuted’ and ‘reviled’. Those are the things I usually pray to be delivered from. But what about those other qualities? Is is alright for me to pray that God will make them true in me?
Some of them are traits and characteristics which I am responsible to make my conscious and deliberate choice. . . ‘meek’, hunger and thirst after righteousness’, ‘merciful’. But there are some that come on me from outside.
What about ‘pure in heart’? The Scriptures clearly teach that I am responsible to keep all God’s commandments and teachings with all my heart and soul. Proverbs 4:23 instructs me to “Keep thy heart with all diligence;” that is a choice and a stance that I must purposely take.
But there is also the prayer of David in Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God;” And that is my conscious and deliberate purpose and prayer.
I hope it is yours.