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This Day In History: 0000-03-09

March 9 – Ezekiel 36:26-27 

And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new Spirit in you.  I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.  And I will put My Spirit in you so that you will follow My decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. 

What a privilege it is to live in the time prophesied by Ezekiel so long ago! We have the unmatched privilege to be indwelled by the Holy Spirit so that we no longer have to guess about the will of God in our lives. There is no need to strive to follow the laws and decrees of God, because they are now written on our hearts and it is through simple surrender that we will be able to obey. 

Additionally, we can see through this passage that it is through the work of God, and nothing else this is even possible. HE is the one who gives us a new heart. He is the one who puts the new Spirit in us. He is the one who removes the stony, stubborn heart and gives us the tender, responsive one. May this fact drive and fuel our prayers! 

So many of us are longing for the hard heart of stone within a person we love to be changed. May we endlessly petition the One who has the power to change it! May we beg Him to put His Spirit within the heart of those we love, as He has within us! He is able, and He is faithful, so may we never stop asking! 

If you are praying for someone you love, my friend, may you be encouraged by my own story of persistent prayer. You can find it here.