A PRAYER FOR FORGIVENESS

Scripture Reading: Psalm 25:7-14

“Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to Your love remember me, for You are good, O Lord. Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He instructs sinners in His ways.” (Psalm 25:7,8)

God wants us to be honest about our sinful ways. Of course, He knows all about us. He knows our thoughts, actions and even our motivations. While He knows these things, He still wants us to face up to them and confess them — “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:8,9).

David, the man after God’s own heart, knew that he was a sinner. He asked God not to remember his sins and to forgive him of his iniquities — “For the sake of Your name, O Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great” (v. 11). David knew that God is gracious and forgiving. He trusted God to grant forgiveness. He also trusted Him to instruct him in His ways.

We know that the basis of our forgiveness is the saving work of our Savior Jesus Christ. He makes it possible for our sins to be forgiven. Because of what He has done for us, God will not remember our sins — “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12). This is the gracious nature of our Lord!

Lord Jesus Christ, I come before You to confess my sins. Forgive my iniquity though it is great. Remember not my sins and my rebellious ways. I know that You are good and upright and that You will instruct me in Your ways. Thank You for being gracious and merciful to me. Thank You for paying the ultimate price for my sins.

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