I believe in being quiet enough, heart-settled enough, in order to be tuned in to God’s guidance.
I remember being led to pray when I was working at a law firm in Wilmington. I remember the morning like it was yesterday. When I tell you, you may not think there is anything terribly profound about it. But, anyone who knows me knows that I believe almost nearly everything matters. I went to a quiet room, knelt down and prayed. Even as I knelt, I didn’t know what I was going to God for. Then in the quiet, I prayed for sanctification. I was a Christian for a year by then. I didn’t truly understand what that word meant, so why on earth was I so led to earnestly pray for it? I’ve never heard a preacher deliver a message on it, let alone to be taught to pray for sanctification – especially if it’s something that begins to take place when you’re saved. It is a continual process of God setting you apart throughout your life, bringing you to him until you take your last breath. I would imagine at this point in my life my preacher friends may enlighten me and say sanctification is not a thing necessary to pray ‘for’; and that it’s a natural process of a true conversion. But now that all this time has passed, I recall that morning being led by the Holy Spirit to pray right then on something I was fairly clueless about.
So, I believe this: we will be sanctified if we have truly surrendered ourselves to Jesus Christ. And I believe it is something to pray for too. God’s best blessing may very much be resting in the cleansing of ourselves just for Him. Paul prayed for sanctification over the church at Thessolonica:
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.