A Prayer of Repentance

Scripture Reading:

Jeremiah 10:6-16, Matthew 3:1-12, II Corinthians 7:9-10

Reflections of the Heart:

It is empowering to know that birth into the Kingdom of God is available to anyone by hearing the call to salvation, choosing to reject and repent of sin, and turning away from sin toward Christ Jesus as our Lord and Savior. That is repentance unto God’s good work.

Scriptural Prayer:

Triumphant Father, we thank You for men and women messengers who teach Your Word of repentance. We are grateful that when we are converted, our sins are wiped away so that times of refreshment may come from Your presence. Thank You for loving us in spite of our faults.  Heavenly Father, You hear and attend to our prayer because we come in submission according to Your Word. From the ends of the earth, we cry to You for help when our hearts are overwhelmed. Your Word leads us to the towering rock of safety, for You are our safe refuge, a fortress where our enemies cannot reach us. We will live forever in Your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of Your wings. We will praise You, Lord, with our whole heart.

Omniscient Father, You have given us, Your people, clear instructions about repentance.  When Jesus began to preach after being tempted of the devil, He said, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of heaven is near.”  As children of Your Kingdom, we come to You during this special week of fasting and repent for our sinfulness.  Lord, we will not deceive ourselves by saying that we have no sin.  Holy Father, as we repent, we are confident that You are faithful to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Today, we repent and trust that You will not reject our broken and repentant hearts.  Additionally, we will forgive those who have offended us.  We will not hold grudges anymore.  We give them and our hurts to You.

Holy Spirit, please help me to process any pain caused by words or actions of others.  Lead me to people who can help me process my pain so that the offense(s) will not hinder Your preferred future from manifesting in my life.  Holy Spirit, show me what lurks in my heart and reveal every hidden fault.

Merciful Father, with great sadness of heart we ask Your forgiveness of our sins.  Forgive us for living independent of Your love and provision.  Forgive us for acting as if we do not need You.  Forgive those who may say “I have enough, I do not need anything,” yet fail to thank You as their source and supply.   Forgive our Church Family for pride, “in all its forms, thirst of praise, ambition, covetousness, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life.”  Forgive us for “vain boasting, seeking and receiving praise of men, and so robbing God of that glory which He cannot give to another.”  Merciful Father, forgive those of us who participate in adultery, fornication, homosexuality, pornography and bestiality.  Forgive us for our evil thoughts and actions.  Forgive us for greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and coarse joking.  Holy Spirit, cleanse us and make us whiter than snow.  Please have mercy upon us.

Your time for confessing your sinfulness is NOW!  Allow the Holy Spirit to minister to you as He reminds you of your personal and public sins.  Speak them out and write them down, then draw a line through each of them, as you confess each sin:

Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.  (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, write their name down and say aloud, “I forgive name of person (s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

Father, remind me of anyone I have hurt or offended.  (List the names).  Today, I will go and ask for forgiveness.  (If the person is deceased, write a letter to him or her expressing your forgiveness, afterward, tear up the letter and allow the Lord to free you of any unforgiveness.  If the person is alive, go and ask for forgiveness). 

Holy Spirit, help us all to not yield to temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.

Almighty God, You are so gracious to Your people. You restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts. You take no pleasure in the death of anyone. Praise to our Rock! May the God of our salvation be exalted! In the precious Name of Jesus, Amen!

Scripture References for the Written Text: Psalm 61:1-4, Psalm 111:1, Matthew 4:17, I John 1:8-9, Psalm 51:17, Ephesians 5:4, Matthew 6:13Isaiah 57:15, Ezekiel 18:32, Psalm 18:46

Today, I will trust God to:

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