Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.
I was awakened last night from a dream. The dream brought up old issues of strife and hurt which I had previously had against someone. As I awakened from the dream, I knew that I was to pray for that person.
How do you pray for someone against whom your heart is not clean?
Fortunately, mine was. As I contemplated the dream and the feelings it invoked, I realized that they were only old feelings; they did not reflect the truth in my heart.
I remember when I originally dealt with those emotions regarding that person. I had settled it then. Now, God was confirming that for me. As I sat on the edge of my bed, I knew I could pray.
In Psalm 51, David's issues were with himself; and with his sin. He asked God to cleanse him, wash him, purify him, and create in him a pure, clean heart. It was then, and only then, that David says, he could do God's work, bringing others to Him.
If our hearts are not clean, against God, others or ourselves, we can not walk in all that God has for us.
Whether it be praying for someone else, teaching others about God, or just our own success, our heart must be clean.