Learning How to Pray for Forgiveness
No one in the world is perfect. Yet this should not be a reason to feel low. There are many ways we can improve our life and improve upon our weaknesses. One area of improvement could be learning a new skill or how to improve a current skill. In a similar fashion, in our daily life there are times when we sin or do not do what is right.
We may fail to follow the commandments or slip up in the commandment that we usually have trouble following. It is possible to improve if there is a will to improve. There is nothing impossible to the LORD who works through you as you decide to take initiative to improve our lives.
In Psalm 51, there is a clear prayer made from David emphasizing his need for repentance and how he wishes to have his sins forgiven. There is nothing that the LORD cannot do and this allows us to see that we are capable of changing our ways if we truly desire to. The important part is to want to change.
“Have mercy on me, O GOD, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.” – Psalm 51:1-4
The LORD is able to impart mercy to those who ask for it. There is nothing to big or too impossible that the LORD cannot do. Therefore, through this example we can see that He gives mercy to those who ask. As humanity as a whole we were under the wrath of the LORD prior to the cross. Now we have mercy given abundantly through Him whose hands were scarred for our sake. The LORD will blot out your transgressions and allow you to be cleansed from all sin if you only ask. Any sin that is committed affects yourself more than anyone else and this is where the LORD wants to intervene. Ask for forgiveness and experience peace and mercy.