By: Melanie Clarke
Day 5: Repentance
“ And forgive us our sins,”
What is repentance? Repentance is turning from our lawless thoughts and ways (which are sin) and turning instead to God’s thoughts and ways. As Pastor Jack Hyles said: “Repentance is not some little silly, ‘I’m sorry.’ Repentance is not simply a fear of God. Repentance is not a monk fasting and afflicting his body in a monastery. Repentance is not remorse because of sin’s consequences… Repentance is not being sorry for what I’ve done wrong. It is not confessing one’s sins to a priest. It is not just conviction of sin. It is not the signing of a pledge of abstinence. Repentance is that thing when you come before God and see yourself as you are, and see Him as he is, and say with Isaiah ‘Woe is me, for I am unclean!’”
How do we pray in repentance? Be honest with ourselves and look for the areas where our actions, our words, our thoughts and our motivations are not in line with the character of Christ. Know who we are, know who Christ is, and pray to become more like Christ every day.
Biblical example of prayer of repentance:
For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
For I recognize my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.
Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
and your judgment against me is just.[a]
For I was born a sinner—
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
But you desire honesty from the womb,[b]
teaching me wisdom even there.
For ourselves: Repent and ask God for forgiveness of the sins in your life, and seek to become more like Christ every day.
For LIFT: Repent and ask for forgiveness for the times when we have not been welcoming to other people at LIFT.
For our city: Repent for the times that we have let our own worldly desires get in the way of serving others.