“…according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions…Wash away all my iniquity…Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity” (Psalm 51: 1b, 2a, 9).
God has not only promised to forgive our sins, but to forget them! “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12). See also Jeremiah 31:31-34. Why do you think God has gone beyond forgiving to forgetting? Perhaps He doesn’t want us to think that He is going to hold our sins against us the rest of our lives – a kind of spiritual blackmail, if you will. Our Heavenly Father delights in new beginnings, and through His grace offers us the gift of a clean slate.
Lord, how amazing you are in your ability to not only forgive, but to forget our sins! It grieves me that I forget things I shouldn’t, yet remember the things I should forget. Teach me Lord, to forget the offenses of others as you forgive and forget mine.
—Adapted from Pray Like The King: Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings by David and Kim Butts
Praise the Lord, who is your strength, your rock, your fortress and your deliverer (Ps. 18:1-2). Give thanks that “the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength” (1 Cor. 1:25). Confess your desire to rely upon your own strength. Commit yourself to doing everything through him who gives you strength (Phil. 4:13). Ask God to cause you to serve him with the strength that he provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 4:11).
The gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (Rom. 1:16). Ask the Lord to apply this power to individuals whom you know are without it.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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