Lifestyle of Prayer: Find!

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This week’s prayer focus: Find!

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)

With the previous prayer guide being about some things we ought to seek, it seemed fitting to follow that up with a focus on some things we need to find.  When we seek the things of God, we ought to expect to find the things He would want to see in us.    What we find is usually determined in part by what we look for and what we look for is often based on what we want to find.    As you pray this week, ask God to direct you in the search for what He would have you find.  Pray that you would not only find what you are looking for, but you would know the purpose God has for the things you find.  Pray that you would not be content with just finding the things God wants you to have, but that you would be faithful in doing the things you find in Him to do.  Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
 

Please pray each day for God to help you find the things He would have you seek.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayFind Wisdom.  Pray that you would know the sweetness that comes from the wisdom found in God.  Pray that you would live with hope now, and an eternal hope, through the wisdom you find in Christ.  “Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”  Proverbs 24:14 (NIV)

TuesdayFind Soul Rest.  Pray that you would learn from Jesus when you find yourself in need of rest for your soul.  Pray that you would know the gentleness and humility that leads to the rest you can find in Jesus.  “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  Matthew 11:29  (NIV)

WednesdayFind Your Brother.  Pray that your daily encounters with Christ would lead you to find the people around you who need to know Him.  Pray that the people you find would become brothers and sisters in Christ as you lead them to Jesus.  “The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (that is, the Christ).  And he brought him to Jesus.”  John 1:41-42  (NIV)

ThursdayFind a Place of Prayer.  Ask God to help you seek out places of prayer that allow for intimate conversations with God.  Pray that you would make prayer a priority as you find that everywhere can be a place of prayer.  “On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.”  Acts 16:13 (NIV)

FridayFind What Pleases the Lord.  Pray that you would find what pleases the Lord, and then do it.  Pray that your life would please the Lord as the Spirit produces His fruit in you.  “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.”  Ephesians 5:8-10 (NIV)

Saturday:  Find Grace.  Pray that you would be confident in your approach to God as you find grace from Him.  Pray that you would find the help that you, and others, need through the grace God offers.  “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”  Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

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Lifestyle of Prayer: Seek!

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This week’s prayer focus: Seek!

“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.”
Hosea 10:12 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will be on some things that God says we ought to seek.  In the middle of a chapter describing the sin and rebellion of the people of Israel against God, the above verse stands out like a ray of sunshine giving hope in the midst of an intensely dark time.  We rarely seek something until we realize it is missing and/or we have a great desire for it.  In the midst of our brokenness, God calls for each of us to prepare for a harvest of righteousness as we seek Him.  As you pray this week, spend some time examining how you relate to God through your actions.  Pray about what it would look like to sow righteousness as you seek God.  Pray for a greater understanding of how your actions determine both what you seek and what you find.  Pray for a shower of righteousness to fall upon you and upon others as you seek God.  Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
 

Please pray each day for God to help you seek first His kingdom and righteousness.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondaySeek God’s Face.  Pray that your heart would be inclined to seek God’s face in all you do.  Pray that such an inclination of your heart would result in a continual seeking of God’s face each day that you live.  Pray that nothing would hinder you from fully seeking God’s face.  “My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’  Your face, LORD, I will seek.”  Psalm 27:8 (NIV)

TuesdaySeek Justice.  Pray that you would examine your attitudes and actions as you seek God’s view of justice.  Pray that you would be involved in seeking godly justice for those who need someone to stand for them.  Pray for the wisdom to speak and act appropriately on the behalf of others.  “Stop doing wrong, learn to do right!  Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.  Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”  Isaiah 1:17 (NIV)

WednesdaySeek Wholeheartedly.  Pray that your desire to know God would be greater than any other desire.  Pray that you would seek God with your whole heart as you trust Him to keep His promise to be found.  Pray for the courage to wholeheartedly seek God in every situation.  “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)

ThursdaySeek the Good of Others.  Pray that you would look to the needs of others as you determine your actions.  Pray that selfishness would have no part in your life as you seek the good of others in a way that honors God.  Pray for the wisdom that would know the good that others need.  “Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.”  1 Corinthians 10:24 (NIV)

FridaySeek Earnestly.  Pray that God would fill you with the faith necessary to earnestly seek Him.  Pray that you would know the eternal reward that comes to those who earnestly seek God in faith.  “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”  Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

Saturday:  Seek Peace.  Pray that you would recognize the things that hinder peace and turn away from them.  Pray that you would live a life that seeks and pursues peace.  Pray that you would not be the cause of a lack of peace among people, as far as it depends upon you.  “He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.”  1 Peter 3:11 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Open Your Eyes!

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This week’s prayer focus: Open Your Eyes!

“’Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’  And Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
2 Kings 6:16-17 (NIV)

As we turn the page of the calendar and begin a new year, this week’s prayer focus is about the need to open our eyes.  As an amateur photographer, I constantly find things that are “hidden in plain sight” — things that are often missed because no one is looking for them.  As we walk with God, it is important that we ask Him to open our eyes to the work He is doing — work that is often unnoticed by us as it takes place in the heavenly realms.  When we pray with our eyes wide open, we allow our prayers to align with God’s will and desire so that we join with Him in the work He has called us to do.  As you pray this week, ask God to open your eyes to see Him.  Pray that you would see God more clearly, others more fully, and yourself more accurately.  Pray that you would live with open eyes as you interact with God and with people.  Pray that your open eyes would help you to see others as God sees them — and yourself as God sees you.  Pray that God’s presence would always be noticed by you and through you.  Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
 

Please pray each day for God to open your eyes to the things He would have you see.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayOpen Your Eyes to Your Need.  Pray that you would see the nakedness that is brought about by sin.  Pray that your eyes would be open to your need for a lasting covering that only  God can provide.  “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”  Genesis 3:7 (NIV)

TuesdayOpen Your Eyes to God’s Provision.  Pray that your eyes would be opened in order to see God’s provision in your life.  Pray that you would see how you could be the instrument of God’s provision in the lives of others.  “Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.”  Genesis 21:19 (NIV)

WednesdayOpen Your Eyes to God’s Messengers.  Pray that God would open your eyes to see the messages that He delivers.  Pray that you would respond with appropriate worship to the message of  God’s Word.  “Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.”  Numbers 22:31 (NIV)

ThursdayOpen Your Eyes to Wonder.  Pray that your eyes would be opened in order to see the incredible wonder that God delivers each day through His Word and through creation.  Pray that your eyes would be opened in a way that sees God’s law in a whole new light.  “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”  Psalm 119:18 (NIV)

FridayOpen Your Eyes to  God’s Promises.  Pray that you would see God’s promises as you meditate on His Word.  Pray that you would never tire of looking into the Word of God to consider the incredible promises God makes to His children.  “My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.”  Psalm 119:148 (NIV)

Saturday:  Open Your Eyes to the Harvest.  Pray that your eye would be open to the opportunities that exist around you to share the gospel message.  Pray that you would see the urgency of sharing Jesus with the people around you.  “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”  John 4:35 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: The Greatest Gift!

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This week’s prayer focus: The Greatest Gift!

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 (NIV)

The greatest gift of Christmas is the one God gave to mankind when His love was expressed in the sending of Jesus to save people from their sins.  This week our prayer focus will be about our expression of that greatest gift as we experience and share God’s love with others.  The world has tried to define and explain love in a lot of ways, but nothing comes close to matching Jesus as the definition and 1 Corinthians 13 as the explanation.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you experience the greatest gift ever given.  Pray that you would learn to love in the way that God has loved.  Pray for the courage to grow in the attributes of true love.  Pray that you would live with the Christmas spirit all year as you love others as Christ has loved you.  Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
 

Please pray each day for God’s help in receiving and giving the greatest gift of love.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayLove That is Patient and Kind.  Pray that God’s kindness would be expressed to others as you patiently show them His love.  Pray that you would experience, and show to others, a love that longs for people to be right with God.  “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

TuesdayLove That is Humble.  Pray that you would experience the grace of God as you humbly love the people around you.  Pray that God would remove the pride from your life that causes love to not be expressed.  “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’”  1 Peter 5:5 (NIV)

WednesdayLove That Cares About Others.  Pray that you would take the time to learn about the true needs of the people around you.  Pray that your desire would be to express love that truly cares about the needs of others above your own.  “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  Philippians 2:4 (NIV)

ThursdayLove That is Truthful.  Pray that you would always be mindful about how your words and actions match . . . or don’t match.   Pray that the love you have received from Christ would be shared with others in ways that are practical and in words that are truthful. “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”  1 John 3:18 (NIV)

FridayLove That Overcomes.  Pray that you would be filled with a love from God that helps you to overcome the trials of life.  Pray that the love you share with others would help them to persevere through difficulties.  “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”  James 1:12 (NIV)

Saturday:  Love That Never Fails.  Pray that you would fully know the love of God that never fails.  Pray that you would grow in compassion as you express your love for others in ways that do not fail.  “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.”  Lamentations 3:22 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Living With Joy!

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This week’s prayer focus: Living With Joy!

“If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
John 15:10-11 (NIV)

As we continue in this Christmas season, my thoughts return to the words of the angel to the shepherds long ago, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”  This week’s prayer focus will be about how we live with the presence of that great joy and how we let the joy of Christ be seen in us each day that we live.  The joy that comes from a relationship with Christ should supersede the circumstances that we face each day.  In fact, one day this week we will pray specifically about considering it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds.  As you pray this week, ask God to reveal His joy in you so that you would reveal His joy to the people around you.  Pray that you would live with a joy produced by God’s Spirit that doesn’t depend on circumstances.  Pray that your joy would be made complete through your obedience to the commands of God.  Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
 

Please pray each day for God’s help in living with joy.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayJoy That Produces Generosity.  Pray that you would have a joy that is not dependent on your possessions.  Pray that the joy you have in Christ would result in great generosity toward others.  “Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.”  2 Corinthians 8:2  (NIV)

TuesdayJoy That Comes From God’s Spirit.  Pray that you would allow God’s Spirit to produce a joy in you such that nothing could stand against it.  Pray that your joy would be expressed to others in ways that reveal God’s Spirit in you.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

WednesdayJoy That Is Complete.  Pray that you would know a joy that is complete by being united with others in Christ.  Pray that God would help you to live with the attitude of Christ in order to have a joy that is complete.  “Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”  Philippians 2:2 (NIV)

ThursdayJoy In the Midst of Trials.  Pray that you would look beyond the hardships of various trials and be able to see the joy God wants you to have.  Pray that your joy would grow as you see how God uses trials in your life to increase your faith.  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.”  James 1:2 (NIV)

FridayJoy From a Faith in Christ.  Pray that your faith in Christ would produce joy that is beyond words.  Pray that your love of Jesus would be expressed with such joy that others would seek Him.  “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.”  1 Peter 1:8 (NIV)

Saturday:  Joy In Seeing Others Walk in Truth.  Pray that you would know the joy of instructing others in how to walk in the truth of God’s Word.  Pray that your children — whether physical, spiritual, or both — would always walk in the truth and bring you great joy.  “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Peace!

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This week’s prayer focus: Peace!

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
John 14:27 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis is about peace.  As Jesus taught His disciples, He promised to give peace that would be different from what the world could offer.  Unfortunately, we have a tendency to pursue peace according to the world’s standards rather than knowing a peace that only God can give.  The world says that peace comes by a removal of all conflict while Jesus offers peace in the midst of conflict.  The prince of this world is waging a war that has already been won by Jesus.  Part of his goal is to disrupt the peace that God gives you so you become fearful and filled with worry.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you accept the peace that He gives.  Pray that you would do your best to resolve conflict, but also know a peace even when others keep conflict alive.  Pray that you would live as a peacemaker as you represent the One who made peace between you and God.  Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
 

Please pray each day for God’s help in living with peace.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayPeace That Transcends Understanding.  Pray that you would accept a peace that comes from God even when it surpasses your understanding.  Pray that you would allow God’s peace to guard both your heart and your mind.  “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:7 (NIV)

TuesdayPeace That Rules Your Heart.  Pray that your emotions and actions would be ruled by the peace that comes from Christ.  Pray that you would live up to your calling in Christ to be at peace with one another.  “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”  Colossians 3:15 (NIV)

WednesdayPeace That is Just Right.  Pray that you would know a peace that is just right in all times and all places.  Pray that God’s presence would be evident in your life as He makes His peace known to you in a variety of ways.  “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”  2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV)

ThursdayPeace That Takes Effort.  Pray that you would work in all ways to live at peace with the people around you.  Pray that your efforts in pursuing peace would lead you to holiness that prepares you to be in God’s presence.  “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”  Hebrews 12:14 (NIV)

FridayPeace That is Sown.  Pray that you would be aware of the seeds of peace which have been sown in your life.  Pray that you would live as a peacemaker who sows those same seeds of God’s peace into the lives of others.  “Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.”  James 3:18 (NIV)

Saturday:  Peace That is Sought.  Pray that you would turn from the evil which is at odds with true peace.  Pray for the courage and desire to seek a peace that will overcome evil.  Pray that you would pursue peace as you do the good God has created for you to do.  “He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.”  1 Peter 3:11 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Living With Hope!

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This week’s prayer focus: Living With Hope!

“There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to one hope when you were called — one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
Ephesians 4:4-6 (NIV)

I pray that you continue to be thankful throughout each day that God gives you.  One of the reasons we have for being thankful is the hope that we have in Christ.  A Christian’s hope is all about a confident expectation that God has, does, and always will keep His promises.  Our prayer focus this week will be centered around living with hope.  In the above passage, God says that hope is one of the things Christians have in common that should unite us.  As you pray this week, spend time reflecting on true hope — the hope that is found through Jesus Christ.  Pray that you would seek greater unity with fellow believers because of your common hope.  Pray that you would have such confidence through your hope in Christ that it would fill you with the courage to share that hope with others.  Pray that your hope would be based on the things God has done as you look forward to the things He will do.  Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
 

Please pray each day for God’s help in living with hope.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayLiving With the Hope of Glory.  Pray that Christ’s presence in you would fill you with the hope of glory.  Pray that you would be involved in making others aware of the glorious riches that are a mystery to those without Christ.  “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”  Colossians 1:27  (NIV)

TuesdayLiving With Hope that Inspires.  Pray that your hope in Christ would inspire you to endure all things as you live a life in Christ.  Pray that this hope would be an inspiration to others as they see your hope put into action.  “We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)

WednesdayLiving With Hope that is Steadfast.  Pray that God’s faithfulness would cause your hope to remain steady through all things.  Pray that you would hold onto the promises of God as you refuse to waiver in proclaiming your hope in Him.  “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”  Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)

ThursdayLiving With Hope that Prepares You.  Pray that hope would always be part of your preparation for the actions God is calling  you to take.  Pray that hope would prepare you fully for the grace to be given when Christ is fully revealed.  Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.”  1 Peter 1:13 (NIV)

FridayLiving With Hope that Has a Reason.  Pray that you would always be aware of the reason for the hope within you.  Pray that you would always be ready to share that reason in appropriate ways.  “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”  1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

Saturday:  Living With Hope that Purifies.  Pray that you would allow the hope of God within you to purify your life.  Pray that the hope of Christ in you would be as pure as He is.  “Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.”  1 John 3:3 (NIV)