“…and cleanse me from my sin…Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:2b, 7).
There are always consequences of our sins – people we love get hurt, we damage ourselves physically, someone might be turned off to hearing about Christ because of a sin we commit as a Christian, etc. Yet, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23). “…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience…” (Hebrews 10:22). Doesn’t it feel wonderful to be clean? Especially after you’ve been dirty! There is nothing like a nice, hot shower and clean clothes! That’s such a good picture of what God does with our sin! He washes us clean, and gives us clean clothing to put on – clothing that reflects His glory and is a testimony to others. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
How grateful I am Lord, that you not only forgive, but bring your purity into my life. Thank you for the cleansing that is mine through the blood of Jesus Christ.
–Taken from Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings) by David and Kim Butts
Praise God because he is the encourager and comforter of his people. Give thanks that God loved you and by his grace gave you eternal encouragement and good hope (2 Thess. 2:16). Ask forgiveness for all those times when fear and anxiety replace the courage that God gives. Commit yourself to seeking God’s encouragement to face every obstacle in your life. Ask God to encourage your heart and strengthen you in every good deed and word (2:17).
Pray for special encouragement for teachers as they educate. Pray that parents will be supportive of teachers who seek what is best for students.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend