Praying to a Forgiving God

We often overlook confession. Perhaps we live unaware of our sins. Maybe we think if we don’t talk about them, God will not notice. We probably don’t realize how absolutely bad sin is. But the consequences of sin are dire. If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened (Psalm 66:18 NLT). The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).

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The Lord is merciful

I prayed, “Father, forgive me for speaking carelessly and unnecessarily.”

Then I read: The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He does not deal with me according to my sins. He removes my transgressions from me. The Lord shows compassion. He remembers that I am dust. (from Psalm 103: 8-14).

God responded to my prayer through His Word.

What Jesus said about prayer – 5

In prayer, there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others (Matthew 6, The Message).

As Jesus died for our sins, He prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do (Luke 23:34).

Jesus modeled forgiving prayer.

If you struggle to forgive

Pray for faith to forgive. Here’s why:

In the final analysis, forgiveness is an act of faith. By forgiving another, I am trusting that God is a better justice-maker than I am. By forgiving, I release my own right to get even and leave all issues of fairness for God to work out.*

Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “it is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord (Romans 12:19).

*Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace?