Last week I mentioned the first prayer on my list of ways I have prayed for you over the years. The second is really to the point and it’s a prayer I will probably continue to pray for you as long as you live. It will be something I pray for your future spouse and hopefully future grandchildren.

And although I will pray this many times for you (and for me), it is simply this, “I pray that you will recognize sin and have a hatred for it.”

Psalms 97:10 says, “You who love The Lord, hate evil! He protects the lives of a his godly ones; He rescues them from the power of the wicked.”

There are definitely two parts to this prayer. First, learn to recognize sin. Know when temptation is facing you. Flee from it. Distinguish between the things that honor God and those that will cause you to stumble. This includes people. Are there people in your life who live in a cycle of sin? Do they cause you to stumble? I’ve always appreciated your friends, but I also know you aren’t perfect and neither are they. Find friends who will confront you when you don’t see the sin in your life. Be brave enough to confront them as well.

The second part is to hate sin. We know that God hates sin. He is holy and cannot be in the presence of sin. But yet, we are all sinners. It’s only through God’s grace and forgiveness through Christ that we can even come before Him. My prayer is that when you sin, you will hate it. You will have regret. You will feel dirty. Why would I pray that? Because in your hatred toward sin, you will desire repentance. You’ll make the changes that will keep you from stumbling again.

So, the next time you face temptation or you are disobeying God, go ahead and blame me when you realize sin has consequences. It’s a reminder I’ve been praying for you.