SEVEN PRAYERS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Week 2– 08/31/2015
The Prayer of Confession
Psalm 51:1-4, 10-12, 17
This Week: Earlier this year on “CrossHope”, we looked at Psalm 51 as one of the Psalms called, “penitential”. There were seven that are referred to in this way because they have to do with repentance, contrition, guilt, and penance for sin. This week, we look at it as a prayer of confession when David finally was convicted in his spirit for the sins of adultery and murder. What he prayed is a prayer that can change your life and mine!
Monday – What if you lived your life as a man or woman who truly felt forgiven? Not just intellectually, but inside your heart where you live? A Christian psychologist told me years ago that he felt one reason why people only occasionally or rarely attend any church is because of this reason: they don’t feel forgiven! Forgiveness is the gut issue of people’s lives, it really is. Feeling unforgiven may contribute to a lot of the anxiety we feel in life. What do you think?
Tuesday – One commentator believes that Psalm 51 is the most important passage in the Old Testament that points the way to Christ! It’s a holy or spiritual moment in your life and mine when we come to terms with a sin and recognize what it is, and what it does to our heavenly Father. The amazing thing is that it is actually God’s nature is to forgive! Most people can’t truly say that of themselves. You can’t and neither can I!
Wednesday – We are not only sinners; we are people who have a “sinful nature”. When a man or woman faces that reality, something happens! David says that his sin was “ever before me”. We all know people in chronic pain; their pain is ever before them. They live, work, and sleep with their pain. David became aware of his sin in such a way that he couldn’t escape the guilt for one minute. Have you ever experienced guilt like that?
Thursday – Max Lucado says that “confession does for the soul what preparing the land does for the field.” Confession prepares the soil of our hearts for God to work in our lives! Confession is ultimately acknowledging that we have not just violated a rule or command; we have wounded the Father! That’s no small thing. Have you ever acknowledged that in your life? God will never make fun of or mock your repentance!