“Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” Psalm 66:16-19.
I can’t harbor sin.
If I know what I’m doing is wrong, I need to confess it to God and ask forgiveness.
Note the serious consequence for harboring sin: God won’t hear my prayer. We’re not even talking about answering the prayer. Just hearing it!
I need to imagine being ignored by God. What would be left? I would be going it alone.
I need God for every second of my life. His Holy Spirit has been implanted within me. I need all the guidance He can give me.
I need to be searching my heart. I need to insist that God examine my heart. I want to be clean before Him.
The life of the believer is a never-ending pursuit of being right with God. I cannot let up in that pursuit.
Conclusion: I realize that staying close to God is crucial.