Matt. 6: 9-13:
9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Jesus never had to ask the Father to forgive him because he never sinned, but here he models for us how we should deal with our sin. Today we’ll look at asking for forgiveness and tomorrow we’ll look at forgiving others.
Let’s drill down on is this idea of confession and repentance. For a person that has placed their faith in Christ as savior and leader of their life, our sin has already been covered by Jesus’ death on the cross. Our sin has been paid for! Yet, God calls us to continually recognize and repent of any sin that turns our heart away from Him. Simply put, repentance is turning our back on our sin, and fixing our hearts on Christ. Repentance keeps our hearts tender toward God.
Spend some time now in confession and repentance to God. He’s your heavenly Dad who welcomes you in love. It’s your acknowledgement of his love and truth that brings your heart back into alignment with God’s heart.