“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love…Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me…Save me from my bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me…” (Psalm 51:1a, 11, 14a).
David’s ability to ask for forgiveness is rooted in the very nature of God. It is because of the Lord’s “unfailing love” and His “great compassion” that those of us who follow Christ today can, as David did, boldly ask the Lord for forgiveness. It is in the nature of God to forgive. Because we are made in His image, it is important that we too have that nature of forgiveness: “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12).
The pre-requisite to being forgiven in the Kingdom of Jesus is to forgive others! “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14).
I thank you, my Father, that you are a forgiving God. Apart from your forgiveness, who could stand before you? May your forgiving nature become an integral part of my life.
–Adapted from Pray Like The King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings) by David and Kim Butts. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Prayer Points Read Psalm 108 and praise the Lord, whose love is higher than the heavens and whose faithfulness reaches to the skies. Give thanks for specific acts of faithfulness to you so far this week. Confess any unfaithfulness which has robbed God of his glory. Commit yourself to praising God among the nations (108:3). Ask him to show you the nations in our cities and around the globe.
Pray that everyone will see clearly that human strength cannot win the battle for peoples’ hearts (108:12-13). Ask God to gain the victory over spiritual enemies that bind the unsaved.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.