Heavenly Father, thank you for the life and model of Saint John the Baptist. We look at his commitment to Your singular purpose, and we desire to be filled with the same. Lord, through the message of Saint John the Baptist, You call us each to uncompromising holiness and to awareness and repentance of all that keeps us from You. Grant that heeding this call becomes my singular desire!
I give You permission to shine Your Light into every corner of my interior being. Please clear away the cobwebs from my mind and my heart, that I may see myself more clearly. That I may see You more clearly. I give You now all that keeps me from living this day in accord with the singular purpose of holiness. Draw me closer to You. By Your grace, I surrender all the distractions and worries that creep into my heart, dimming Your light, dampening my desire for You.
Lord, send Your Holy Spirit now upon me. Set a fire in my heart! Fill me with an ever-growing desire for what is holy and pleasing to You, my God.
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” – Matthew 3:11