During my time of reflection and prayer today, during “coffee with the Lord,” I was reminded (I believe by the Holy Spirit) of the negative and hurtful impact of “ulterior motives” and “hidden agendas” … It is so easy to do things – even good things – for the wrong reasons… self-centered reasons, manipulative reasons – even dishonest and evil reasons. Ulterior motives” and “hidden agendas” are sinful! … OUCH!
As a Bible college student many years ago, a godly “dean” W. H. Kesler, taught all of us at “HCBI” (later Trinity Bible College) to pray the following “Bible Prayer” every day in our chapel services… I am convinced it would be a healthy antidote and cleansing agent to “ulterior motives” and “hidden agendas”… It has been a wonderful help to me over the years!
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting!” (from Psalm 139:23-24)
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer!” (from Psalm 19:14)
And then this affirmation/declaration: “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live – yet not I, but Christ lives in me. And the life I live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me, and gave Himself for me!” (from Galatians 2:20)
Oh Lord, cleanse me – set me free from “ulterior motives” and “hidden agendas!”