Prayer posted October 13, 2011

Dedicated to: All servicemen and families
Posted by: Joyce Clasen in La Palma, CA
Prayer: REPENTANCE There is a very special psalm by King David, after he was approached by Nathan the prophet regarding his sin with Bathsheba. He has finally been confronted and comes humbly before God to acknowledge and confess his sins, asking forgiveness. Psalm 51 is a prayer, a conversation with God by David. Perhaps it is a model you can follow in your desire to repent. There are some specific requests David makes of God. He asks God to have mercy…, to blot out his transgressions…, to wash him thoroughly from his sin…, to cleanse him…, ‘hide Your face from my sin….’ There is deep regret and remorse on his part. There is a plea and a desire to be in right standing with God. David shows humility before God and a passion to be restored to fellowship. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 2 Corinthians 7;10 David does not minimize his sins, but acknowledges them, and admits that he is always reminded of them. He realizes that his sin is against God Himself. He learns that God accepts a ‘broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart’ more than those who substitute many sacrifices but never repent. David asks God to ‘create in me a clean heart,’ he asks God to renew, restore, uphold and deliver him. He is asking for a fresh start. An important part of confession and repentance is a willingness to testify and declare the goodness of God. David commits to ‘teach trangressors Your ways.’ He can speak from experience. He will sing aloud the righteousness of God. David dedicates his lips, his tongue, and his mouth to praise the God of heaven. You can come to God when you are confronted with sins. The attitude of your heart is to be humble. Seek God as David did, with a broken heart over your sin. Your God forgives and cleanses. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 With God, relationship is everything. Come to Him quickly. Let God lift the burden of sin. Be ready to give God the glory and praise his name freely with every opportunity. Joyfully, Joyce
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