Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | July 18, 2019

Keeping Us Clean

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matthew 6:12 (HCSB)

If we’re looking for a secret formula for prayer, we may assume we need to simply recite the words Jesus offers in the model prayer. But if we carefully read His introduction (verse 9), we will get a clear understanding these words are an example – a pattern for how we should approach our Father. And right in the middle of these words we’ve all heard and spoken is the subject of forgiveness.

It’s quite easy to recite, “Forgive us our debts” and then move on. Now I will admit it’s effortless to combine all our wrongs in one word “sin” because after all, God knows exactly what we’ve done or not done right? We really don’t need to give Him a run down of the list do we? “Father forgive me for my sin.” Confession done – checked off the list. We’re moving on.

Not exactly. We wouldn’t dare lump all our wants, needs and desires into a one line statement. Specific requests are where God will find most of us. Truth be told, we usually consume a lot of our prayer time focused on what God can do for us.

The real intent here is heartfelt confession not a quick recital. A coming clean dissertation. Putting into words the things we’ve thought, done or said that were contrary to God’s word. Recognizing and admitting the sin we own. Asking the Holy Spirit to enlighten our eyes – to examine our hearts. And the beauty of it all – God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins – mercy full extended when we chose to confess and repent.

Nothing sweeter than a heart being washed clean. Psalm 32 echoes the blessing and joy of a relationship restored. “Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity – You forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalm 32:5). The soul deeply rejoices when the anguish and devastation of sin is halted. Gracious words found in verse 10, “The Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him.”

So let’s just pull off the mask. We all sin – we all miss the mark. As long as we live in this world, we will desperately need forgiveness and the person next to us will need forgiveness. We can learn a lot about the mercy and grace of our God and His desire for us not only to seek His forgiveness but to willing offer forgiveness to others. Sin erased, shame gone – a fresh start begins – what we truly desire.

“Father, You have covered our sins, all our wrongs with the blood of Your precious Son. How deep and wide is Your love for us – sparing nothing to restore us to You.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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