“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Forgiveness!
“Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.”
Psalm 32:1-2 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on forgiveness. I suspect that there may be no act more powerful in all the world than forgiveness. Even “the greatest of these”, love, is only as powerful as the forgiveness it gives and receives. In fact, in the greatest love story ever told God sends His Son to earth in order to “save His people from their sins” by making a way for forgiveness of sins to take place. The blessing of having our transgressions forgiven is a blessing that we ought to be intentional about sharing with others. God’s Word makes it clear that we are to forgive others just as we have been forgiven. As you pray this week, ask God to help you grasp just how much you are in need of His forgiveness and how complete that forgiveness is. Pray about how you will extend that same amount of forgiveness to the people around you. Pray that God would reveal to you, and help you to deal with, any areas of unforgiveness that you might be harboring. Pray for the courage to find freedom in the process of forgiving just as you have been forgiven. Pray for those who believe that forgiveness is not possible, that they would find forgiveness is possible through Jesus Christ. Pray for a spirit of unity within your church congregation and within the body of Christ as a whole. Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
Please pray each day for God to help you forgive and be forgiven.
Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church. Pray for the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.
Monday: Forgiveness For God’s Glory. Pray that the forgiveness you receive would lead you to glorify God. Pray that the people around you would know the forgiveness of sins that brings glory to God. Pray that your willingness to forgive others would honor God. “Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.” Psalm 79:9 (NIV)
Tuesday: Forgiveness Given and Received. Pray that your desire to receive forgiveness would lead you to be more willing to offer forgiveness. Pray that the forgiveness you give would be such that you would be comfortable in asking God to forgive you just as you forgive others. “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Matthew 6:14 (NIV)
Wednesday: Forgiveness By God’s Authority. Pray that you would recognize God’s authority to forgive sins no matter how “unforgiveable” you think a sin may be. Pray that God’s authority to forgive sins would also lead you to realize His authority to require you to forgive others. “But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….” Matthew 9:6 (NIV)
Thursday: Forgiveness Which Comes From Great Love. Pray that God’s forgiveness of your sins would be reflected in the greatness of your love for Him. Pray that you would know, and live, the love which “covers a multitude of sins.” “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven — for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” Luke 7:47 (NIV)
Friday: Forgiveness Through Repentance and Baptism. Pray that you would know the importance God has given to repentance and baptism in His offer of forgiveness. Pray that your desire to receive the gift of God’s Spirit would lead you to obey His commands. “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” Acts 2:38 (NIV)
Saturday: Forgiveness Through the Blood of Jesus. Pray that you would willingly accept the payment Jesus made for your sins as you seek His forgiveness. Pray that you would never lose sight of the price paid by Jesus for the forgiveness you and I are in desperate need of. “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28 (NIV)