Prayer: The Joy of Forgiveness (self, others, sins)
The Joy of Forgiveness!
King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Everlasting Father. The scriptures say that by two immutable things, you have established us in the New Covenant. That, by the blood of your Son, you have removed our sins from the whole world, according to the demands of the Law.
Jut as your son, Jesus Christ, foretold of the forgiveness to come, by the shedding of blood once for all time and all people, we confess our agreement that we are forgiven!
We are forgiven right now, because of the Blood of Jesus, and not by our own efforts. For what man can confess every sin he commits in a day? And even more so, the sins he commits by omission?
You Oh God, have not placed that burden upon us. But, rather upon your Son Jesus, whom by himself has cleansed us of all unrighteousness, by his blood.
Mark 3:28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme
Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Confessing our shortcomings and failures
Master of the universe and the Lover of our souls, we thank you for the forgiveness that is already ours.
We are forgiven and in relationship with you, and, being confident in the Blood, we confess our shortcomings and failures to you, in all honesty.
You have given us forgiveness by the blood of Jesus. So we have that assurance we are forgiven, and you have given us the gift of confession for our benefit so that our conscience can be relieved.
And you have given us the fellowship of believers, that we can be open and honest with to share in our shortcomings and failures as we continue to grow in this relationship with Jesus Christ!
1 John 3:20 – 21 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart condemns us not, then have we confidence toward God.
Our sins are no longer counted against us
Thank you, Lord, that there is now no condemnation from you towards us. That, by the finished work of Jesus Christ, you have made peace between us.
Knowing this, Father, we take time to forgive the often most overlooked person that we should forgive, ourselves.
For God, you are not counting our sins against us, how much more should we offer the same grace and the joy of forgiveness you have extended to us already, and apply it to our own lives.
So we forgive and release ourselves from the burden of guilt, shame, and condemnation, knowing fully well that Jesus was made guilty, and ashamed and finally condemned, so we can be free from these things.
Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Free Yourself from heaviness and burdens
Heavenly Father, we take the forgiveness that you have extended to us, that we have been so completely pardoned from our sins, and we choose to extend that to others.
That by our own free will, because you Oh God have forgiven us of all sins, we do likewise in choosing to forgive others who have wronged us.
That we can be free from the heaviness and burdens that the joy of forgiveness brings so that we can be free to enjoy all that you have given us, Oh Lord.
That we may be free to know you, Jesus, without the hindrances of a heart that condemns us. Amen!!
Hebrews 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.