A Contrite Sinner’s Prayer for Pardon
Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion 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. Psalm 51: 1 – 3 (NASB)
I’m sorry, forgive me
Clean me up, Jesus
I didn’t mean to hurt you, or desert you
‘Cause I love you so much
I admit it, that I did it
I didn’t mean to let you down
Please Jesus turn my life around
And give me another chance
~ Dallas Fort Worth Mass Choir
Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51: 8 – 12 (NASB)
“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison”.
― Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)
- After 27 years in jail, Mandela’s lack of bitterness alone is a legacy . . . to all who’ve been unjustly wronged by someone.
- “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” (Matthew 6:14 NKJV).
While you may not be perfect (who is?), please be faithful. Seek his forgiveness when you’ve strayed off the path of righteousness.
God is powerful, giving, and forgiving.
- David, while considered ‘a man after God’s heart’, was forgiven by God when he did ungodly things. How many unchurched believers avoid accepting Christ because they think they aren’t able to be 100% righteous? News flash: If that was the Benchmark for going up a yonder, Heaven would be nearly empty! He wants ‘good and faithful servants’, NOT perfect ones.
- William Murphy’s great song, “It’s Working“, prompted me to write this brief post by the way.