Yesterday was resurrection Sunday, and how wonderful is that! The reminder of the victory that we have as a result of the resurrection of Christ Jesus. In church yesterday, my pastor talked about “The Power of the Cross” and his message really drove home what Jesus Christ suffered, that we may have access to Father and forgiveness.
A few weeks ago I shared 10 Bible verses that remind us about God’s forgiving nature, and today I’m sharing a prayer for forgiveness of sin. One thing I really want to drive home with this series on forgiveness, is the fact that we don’t need to work for it.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had moments when I’ve fallen short and thought to myself “Ok, I need to do better, be better, act better, so that God will forgive me and I’ll be good with Him again.” But you know what? That’s why Jesus died for me, and yesterday, my pastor said something that really drove home the fact that we don’t need to be striving for forgiveness. He said “When we try to work for God’s forgiveness, it’s like we’re saying the death of Christ wasn’t enough.”
Let that sink in.
When you try to work for your own forgiveness, it’s akin to spitting on the sacrifice Christ made for you on the cross. Whew. I’m sharing this simple prayer today, that just emphasizes the importance of approaching God with humility, and a heart that’s repentance because that’s all we really need friends.
Prayer for Forgiveness
I come to You with brokenness and humility to ask for forgiveness of my sins today. Father, Your word says if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just, and will forgive me and purify me from all unrighteous. So today, I come to You with a broken spirit and contrite heart, and I confess my sins to You. I ask Lord, for forgiveness of the sins that I have committed knowingly and unknowingly. I thank You Father, for the ultimate sacrifice of Your son. For His blood that washes me as white as snow. I thank You, for I recognize that His sacrifice was enough, and I don’t have to work for Your forgiveness. I ask Lord for the guidance of the Spirit moving forward. I pray that You will remove my heart of stone, and give me a heart of flesh that is sensitive to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. I ask for His guidance, and for His strength to help me resist any temptation that may come as a result of my desires. Thank You Father, for I believe that I am free from the guilt and shame of my sins. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
If you know someone who might benefit from this prayer for forgiveness, will you please share it with them? Feel free to pin the image below. Let’s spread the word friends. It’s time for us to embrace the sacrifice that Christ made, live worthy of it, and know how to come back to Father when we fall short. Which we will.