September 27, 2018
Pure Heart, Answered Prayer Series
Today’s Lesson: “No Guile” John 1:47
“Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” Scripture Reading: John 1:45-51
Yesterday, I was standing outside, looking at the Blue Ridge Mountains which is my daily shot of inspiration and thinking on today’s presentation, No Guile.
Keeping a pure heart is an ongoing battle because we are constantly bombarded with forces from the outside and within, challenging us. Today’s scripture is on “guile” found in
John 1:47. “Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” (Note the exclamation point (!) - a serious matter.) Much to Nathanael’s surprise, Jesus knew a lot about him and Jesus knows a lot about us, especially what is in our heart.
What is guile? What did Jesus see in Nathanael? What does Jesus see in us? Most versions translate “guile” as “deceit.” The New Living Translation interprets it as “complete integrity”; the Good News Translation interprets it as “nothing false in him”; and God’s Word Translation interprets “no guile” as being “sincere.”
Whatever word you choose to define “guile,” it is a quality God does not expect to be in our hearts if we want our prayers answered. He wants us to come to him in prayer with complete, total sincerity and integrity with not even a dash of deceit or guile. He knows when we are being deceitful, after all, he is God, he is omniscient (all knowing). (Read the rest of
John 1, and see the blessing Nathanael can expect because of his integrity.)
So, this week, think on this scripture from
John 1:47. Ask yourself, whether or not there is something in your life that does not exhibit sincerity and integrity or is just downright false or deceitful. If you want answered prayer, you must have a pure heart.
Later we will talk about how to keep the junk (insincerity, falsehood, etc.) out of the heart that may be a hindrance to prayers.
Stephanie Wright, Dr. jur.
CGM Media Coordinator
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