Thought for the Day   #108

 

 

 PRAYER OF REPENTANCE

 

 

           

 

Psalm 51:10  (New American Standard Bible)

 

         “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

 

Upon realizing the wonderful cleansing and forgiveness we received through repentance and baptism according to Acts 2:38, we determined to walk uprightly before our Lord. We wished to live in the likeness of Christ. Our desire to be an upright citizen in the house of Israel was very fervent. We made a genuine commitment to live for God, to claim his gift of eternal life.

 

We Failed. We sinned. We felt guilty. We were overcome with discouragement. What can we do?

 

Our greater sin is hardness of heart saturated with defeat and discouragement. Rebellion and anger will surely destroy us. Let us repent quickly when we fall into disobedience and sin.

 

The Scripture says that “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

 

The grace and mercy of God is beyond measure.

 

David was a man who sinned repeatedly. He was often chastised through the Prophets. Yet, he had a heart that loved God and wished to serve him.  He always repented and sought God’s forgiveness. He understood that the heart of man is deceitful and unclean and the heart of God is pure and upright.

 

Psalms 51 gives us one of the most effective prayers of repentance ever offered. Verse 10, recorded above, is the key to a contrite spirit and attitude as we petition our Heavenly Father for cleansing and forgiveness.

 

David prayed that God would create a clean heart within him. That is precisely what God does for each of us when we repent of our sin. He forgives us and cleanses us. He restores us to righteousness. He creates a new heart within us.

 

You see, we are redeemed, cleansed, and forgiven because Jesus died as our sacrificial offering. The Bible declares that  without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22)

 

When we repent, God looks upon us as pure and clean. We are of the household of God, certified as a rightful member in his kingdom, through the redemptive work of his atoning blood.

 

Cry out to Him now! Let Him create a clean heart and steadfast spirit with in us today! Live in the ability and righteousness of Christ. He is reaching out to His house of Israel to cleanse and heal, even now!