This summer, we are studying the Beatitudes that start-off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. These ways that Jesus tells us we should act as Christians are counter-cultural, with blessings or rewards that will come in eternity, not here. We’ll be digging deeper into each of the 9 Beatitudes, looking at other verses in the Bible that describe each characteristic, Biblical characters that exude the Beatitudes, and the blessing that comes from it. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
A prayer of David.
1 Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
Check Your Heart | Jess Howell
In this passage, we get a glimpse of someone (likely David) pouring out his heart to God through a time of deep trouble. Different versions of verse 11 describe his request to God for a heart that is undivided, united, focused, pure, direct. God wants all of us – not just pieces that we think are good enough for Him to see, but all of it.
There’s no way I can imagine myself with a pure, clean heart. There. I said it. But this is the very thing David is asking God to help him find. “Teach me your way”, he says. I too have to seek God to create in me a pure/united/focused heart just for Him so that I can walk wholly in His truth and promises.
Father TEACH ME!! I can’t do this on my own! So much fear, worry, judgment and doubt that it seems I can’t find a way out. I want to experience You fully, but to do that I have to devote ALL of me to You. Teach me Your ways, Father. Amen.
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