As I seek Your face, Father, I want to be empty of me. How can this happen, LORD? Can I truly be empty?
But that is not the way you learned Christ!—assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:20-24
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16
I accepted Jesus Christ as my LORD and Savior, asking forgiveness for the sinful person I was. The old Linda is gone and the new Linda lives. I am empty, was emptied, yet need to empty again and again. The sinful one keeps edging her way back in. The love of Christ never leaves me though. I am being emptied moment-to-moment.
In the emptiness, I need to be purified so that I may walk in purity through this world. Only You, LORD, can purify me.
He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD. Malachi 3:3
For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Hebrew 9:13-14
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1
Father, as I am emptied and purified, I want to be filled with You, filled with Jesus, filled with Your Spirit, that I may walk in Your Light.
I am the LORD your God,
who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17
Yes, Your Holy Spirit dwells in me, Father. I am so very thankful and love You with all of my heart. Thank You for bringing me into Your family, for accepting me as I am, and molding me on Your potter’s wheel. I am a vessel of Your making.
Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? Romans 9:21
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:21
Pour me out, O LORD, into this world that I would do what You have called me to do and be the woman that You have made me to be. Use me, LORD, as You will. May I be empty for Your use, LORD. Teach me Thy ways, my Father. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you. Titus 2:11-15
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. Romans 7:25
Father, You made me and desire to use me. I pray that You empty me of me, and that I am willing to be emptied. I pray that You purify me so that I may walk in the cleanliness of Your Holiness. I pray that You fill me with all that is You. And then, Father, pour me out into this world in the ways that You have appointed for me, for my life. In Jesus’ beautiful Name, Amen.