Do you ever find it difficult to talk to God? Is it hard to find the right words to say when you are trying to tell Him you are sorry for what you’ve done and that you need His forgiveness?
Do you ever feel like you’ve done something unforgivable? Like you are a disappointment to God because of the sins that you have committed against Him? How could we ever expect the Creator of the universe, who expects us to be perfect like Him, to love us when we have done such wrong (Matthew 5:48 Matthew 5:48Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
American King James Version×)? There may be times in our life when we think: “How our transgressions and our sins weigh on us! We waste away because of them. How can we live” (Ezekiel 33:10 Ezekiel 33:10Therefore, O you son of man, speak to the house of Israel; Thus you speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be on us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live?
American King James Version×, Common English Bible)? But does God feel that way about us? “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked,” He reassures us in our pain, “but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die” (Ezekiel 33:11 Ezekiel 33:11Say to them, As I live, said the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn you, turn you from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?
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Forgiveness is a gift from God that He takes pleasure in giving. His desire is that everyone would turn to Him and ask Him for this wonderful gift (2 Peter 3:9 2 Peter 3:9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
American King James Version×; 1 Timothy 2:4 1 Timothy 2:4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
American King James Version×). When we go before our Creator in prayer and lay out all of our sins for Him to see and repent of them, we can have confidence that He will take away every single last one because “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” no matter how small or great those transgressions are in our own eyes (1 John 1:9 1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
American King James Version×; Jeremiah 33:8 Jeremiah 33:8And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.
American King James Version×). It was for this very purpose that God brought His Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth. To live a perfect life and die a horrid death. To be the perfect sacrifice made in perfect love so that our sins can be washed away so we, too, can be made perfect (John 17:23 John 17:23I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them, as you have loved me.
American King James Version×, 1 John 2:5 1 John 2:5But whoever keeps his word, in him truly is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
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Do you ever find it difficult to talk to God? Is it hard to find the right words to say when you are trying to tell Him you are sorry for what you’ve done and that you need His forgiveness? God has, for our benefit, preserved many prayers that His servants have prayed to Him, calling on Him and asking for His mercy in their time of need. Job, when he feared that God had turned His back on him because of the sins he unknowingly committed, prayed: “How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin” (Job 13:23 Job 13:23How many are my iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.
American King James Version×). When David felt the anxieties of sin in his life, he prayed to God through the songs that he wrote. His lyrics were pleas to his Creator to give him mercy. “Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses,” he would have sung, as if to remind God of His own promises (Psalms 25:6 Psalms 25:6Remember, O LORD, your tender mercies and your loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
American King James Version×). “Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions,” he pleaded in his distress, “and forgive all my sins” (Psalms 25:7 Psalms 25:7Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to your mercy remember you me for your goodness’ sake, O LORD.
American King James Version×; Psalms 25:18 Psalms 25:18Look on my affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
American King James Version×). David asked God to wash him clean from his sins and asked the Almighty to “create in [him] a clean heart” (Psalms 51:2 Psalms 51:2Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
American King James Version×; Psalms 51:10 Psalms 51:10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
American King James Version×). He knew that with God there is forgiveness.
When we pray to God, if we are lacking in the right words to say, we can turn, in our Bible, to the prayers of the righteous who came before us. We can pray similar prayers of forgiveness to our Heavenly Father, confessing our specific sins and asking Him for the same gift of forgiveness He has given to so many others. We do this in faith, trusting that the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for the specific purpose of forgiving sins has been applied to our specific sins, and is able to cover every single sin that we confess before God (Hebrews 9:14 Hebrews 9:14How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
American King James Version×; 1 John 3:5 1 John 3:5And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
American King James Version×). When we are at a loss for words, we can turn to God’s own words and remember that He has said, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.” We are in need of His forgiveness and He is happy to give it to us when we come before Him with our prayers of forgiveness.