Day Five: Advocate

Let’s read aloud the Scripture and this prayer together.

1 John 2:1-2 (NIV)
1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,  and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Ps 103.2-3 (NIV)
Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases.

“Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and apart from your grace, there is no health in us. O Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare all those who confess their faults. Restore all those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to all people in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may now live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.” (The Book of Common Prayer)

Let’s worship to “At The Cross” by Chris Tomlin (click here)

-DP

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Day Four: Joy of Being Forgiven

Isaiah 43:25 (NIV)
25 “I, even I, am he who blots out
your transgressions, for my own sake,
and remembers your sins no more.

“God takes our sins – past, present, and future – and dumps them in the sea and puts up a sign that says ‘No fishing allowed.’” – Corrie ten Boom

The good news of the gospel is that Jesus took all our sins on himself and paid the price we should have paid. Christ, who never sinned gave himself as the offering for our sins. There is complete forgiveness in Jesus. When we want to carry around the heavy burden of our guilt for the past mistakes and offenses, we need to return to God’s word and be reminded that if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us ours sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. More than our feelings, as children of God, we trust in God’s word and his promises. There is no greater joy than being assured that we have been completely forgiven and the burden of guilt has been taken away.

Prayer: Father, I acknowledge my sins before you. Help me to experience the joy of being completely forgiven and having my guilt taken away. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Thank You Jesus For The Blood” by Charity Gayle (click here)

– DP

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Day Three: Faithful To Forgive

1 John 1:9 (NIV)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

“We know that we have sinned, Father, against heaven and before you, and are no more worthy to be called your children. But there is forgiveness, mercy, and redemption with you. You will not despise a broken and a contrite heart. Though heaven is your throne, and the earth your footstool, still you will look to the poor and humble person who trembles at your word. You revive the spirit of the humble, and the heart of the contrite. The ones who cover their sins will not prosper, yet those that confess and forsake them will find mercy. You have said that if we confess our sins, you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Amen.” (Matthew Henry, A Method for Prayer)

No matter the sins we committed and are ashamed of, our Father God is faithful to forgive and cleanse us when we admit and come clean about our sins, rather than covering up.

Spend a moment in prayer confessing and repenting of sins that the Spirit is revealing to you.

Prayer: Father, I am so thankful that you are faithful and just to forgive me when I confess my sins to you. Thank you for your mercy. Purify me from all unrighteousness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Lord, I Need You” by Matt Maher (click here)

-DP

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Day Two: Sinners To Repentance

Luke 5:31-32 (NIV)
31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Isaiah 61:1-2 (NIV)
61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

When Jesus was asked about why he associates with sinners, his response shows deep compassion and love for those who are spiritually sick and in need of salvation. We live in a world full of suffering and problems like emptiness, guilt, loneliness and fear. He sought out those who are suffering and reached out to them with love and grace. Jesus offers hope to all who recognize their need for him. As those who have been forgiven, redeemed and restored through Christ’s ministry, we are now anointed to proclaim good news. God desires to use us to point others to our Lord Jesus who alone can make us new!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank for reaching out to a sinner like me and saving me. Now I want to love others by sharing the good news. Fill me with your love and compassion for the lost and use me.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Too Wonderful (Psalm 139)” by Shane and Shane (click here)

-DP

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Day One: Just As I Am

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

 
Charlotte Elliott was raised in an evangelical Anglican family. At 32, a severe illness left her disabled. Her spiritual mentor, César Malan, guided her to channel her talents of a poet into hymn writing. Though depressed with feelings of uselessness and loneliness, Charlotte recalled the message “Come to Christ just as you are,” from César Malan during the darkest period of her life. Her hymns are characterized by simplicity and comfort for the sick and sorrowful. Her most famous hymn, “Just as I Am,” written in 1834 is widely used in English and North American hymnals. It emphasizes coming to Christ as one is. The heart of people aren’t good enough or not good enough to come to Jesus; it is through God’s initiative, pardon, promises, and love that everyone can. (Adapted from Ting-Ting Lai, “History of Hymns”)

John 6:37 (NIV)
37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.

Prayer: Father, I come to you today just as I am with all my failures and regrets. Thank you that you do not reject me but I am received by you. I receive your forgiveness and mercy today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Just As I Am” by Robbie Seay (click here)

-DP

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