If someone were to ask you, “What can I pray for you today,” how would you answer?
The author of Hebrews answered this way.
“Pray for us; we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things” (Hebrews 13.l8).
If I had one thing to request, I’m not sure I would ask for a good conscience and the ability to act honorably.
On second thought, a good conscience is quite valuable and a worthy prayer request.
Proverbs 23.7 states, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
Jesus was interested in the need for a good conscience. He taught, “What comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles.
“For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person” (Matthew 15.18-20a).
The Psalm writer identified the way our inner conversation can result in our crossing the line of God’s commandments.
Transgression speaks to the wicked
deep in their hearts;
there is no fear of God
before their eyes.
For they flatter themselves in their own eyes
that their iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
The words of their mouths are mischief and deceit;
they have ceased to act wisely and do good.
They plot mischief while on their beds;
they are set on a way that is not good;
they do not reject evil. (Psalm 36.1-4).
Where does a willingness to cross God’s “No Trespassing” zone come from? It begins deep in our hearts, where we refuse the fear of the Lord.
Iniquity is an inside condition. The kind of self-talk that permits iniquity, mischief, and deceit makes fools out of potentially wise humans.
The mischief that is nourished during idleness gives birth to a way that is not good.
With these thoughts in mind, we understand the author of Hebrew’s request for people to pray that God enables us to have a good conscience that will promote honorable living.
I’ll pray for you.
The author of Hebrews gives high praise to Jesus and asks for the people who read his letter to be complete in everything that is good.
Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,
Make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, as he works among us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever. Amen (Hebrews 13.20-21).
The Message translation expands the prayer and praise that we find here.
May God, who puts all things together,
makes all things whole,
Who made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus,
the sacrifice of blood that sealed the eternal covenant,
Who led Jesus, our Great Shepherd,
up and alive from the dead,
Now put you together, provide you
with everything you need to please him,
Make us into what gives him most pleasure,
by means of the sacrifice of Jesus, the Messiah.
All glory to Jesus forever and always!
Oh, yes, yes, yes.
Beyond the awesome praise, our Lord is due, let’s look at the petitions that can be prayed for others.
— Lord, may you now put together and provide for the ones for whom I pray.
— Please grant them everything they need to please you.
— Please make us into what gives you the most pleasure. Amen.
Rudy Ross and I talk about Hebrews on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.
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