Father, like the men who stood ready to
stone the woman caught in the act of
adultery but who were “convicted by their conscience” and, therefore,
“went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last, ” leaving “Jesus . . . alone, and the woman standing in the midst, ” (John 8:9–10), convict me of the sins I try to hide
and fail to admit, and bring me to
Father, let me become like
Paul, who “earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day” (Acts 23:1–3, KJV).
Lord, “I am just as sure as these people are that God will raise from death everyone who is good or evil.
And because I am sure, I try my best to
have a clear conscience in whatever I do for God or for people” (Acts 24:15–16, CEV).
Father, as a believer, I know,
“We have only one God, and He is the Father. He created everything, and we live for him. Jesus Christ is our only Lord. Everything was made by him, and by him life was given to us.” But like the apostle Paul, who wrote,
“Not everyone knows these things. In
fact, many people have grown up with the belief that idols have life in them.
So when they eat meat offered to idols, they are bothered by a weak conscience” (1 Cor.8:6–7, CEV), make me sensitive to others whose consciences are weak and who may
still be bound by ritualistic traditions.
Father, Your Word advises me to “be
careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak” (1 Cor. 8:9, NIV).
Keep me sensitive to others so that someone else does not get wounded by my actions, for “when you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ” (v. 12).
Lord, make me worthy of saying, as Paul did, “Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God.
We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God’s grace” (2 Cor. 1:12, NIV).
Father, I renounce “secret and shameful ways” (2 Cor. 4:2, NIV).
WithPaul, I say, “We use no hocus-pocus, no clever tricks, no dishonest manipulation of
the Word of God.
We speak the plaintruth
and so commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
If our Gospel is ‘veiled, ’ the veil must be in the minds of thosewho are spiritually dying” (2 Cor. 4:2–3, PHILLIPS).
Lord, keep me from a seared conscience. Let me serve You in honesty and integrity. Like Paul,
“since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience” (2 Cor. 5:11, NIV).
Father, make me the kind of teacher of Your Word that Paul instructed Timothy to be: “Command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies.
These promote controversies rather than God’s work—which is by faith.The goal of this command is love, which
comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm” (1 Tim. 1:3–7, NIV).
May everything I do come from “love . . . a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith”. Lord, let me “fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience” (1 Tim. 1:18–19, NIV).
Father, only if I keep my life pure and protect my conscience from being seared by sin will I be worthy of serving You as a deacon in Your church.
If I am given the sacred trust of a deacon, may I follow Paul’sinstruction:
“Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.
They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.
They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve asdeacons” (1 Tim. 3:8–10, NIV).
Father, let me say with Paul,
“I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience” (2 Tim. 1:3, NIV).
Lord, when we come before You,
“let us draw near toGod with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water” (Heb. 10:22, NIV).
Lord, help me to call upon the power of intercessors by asking Your prayer warriors to “keep praying for us, for we are convinced that we have a good (clear) conscience, that we want to walk uprightly and live a noble life,
acting honorably and in complete honesty in all things” (Heb. 13:18,AMP).
Lord, give me a conscience that is always following in Your footsteps and remembering how You suffered for me.
Your Word reminds me, “For it is commendable if a man bears up
under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.
But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it?
But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God” (1 Pet.2:19–20, NIV).
Father, I want to be the kind of Christian who can follow the adviceof
Paul: “Honor Christ and let him be the Lord of your life. Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope.
Give a kind and respectful answer and keep your conscience clear. This way you will make people ashamed for saying bad things about your good conduct as a follower of Christ.
You are better off to obey God and suffer for doing right than to suffer for doing wrong” (1 Pet. 3:15–17, CEV).