Text: “Rejoicing in hope: patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.” – Roman 12:12.
Comment: Joy is one of the fruits of the spirit of God. It stems from the knowledge of the truth which brings one in close fellowship with God, which of course assures one of the blessings, guidance and protection of the Almighty. The role of prayer in achieving genuine repentance is unquantifiable. Through prayers one can identify one’s faults, or hidden sins and have the power to overcome them. David the King says: “Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.” (Psalm 19:12, 13) “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.” (Psalm 51:10, 11) In praying, we should ask God to give us the will and power to do His righteousness by giving us His holy spirit, (Romans 8:12, 13. See also Galatians 5:16-18) It is by so doing that we can disengage completely from the sinful act by constantly saying NO to the usual recurrent temptation. – 1 Peter 1:22, 23.