Friday, March 22, 2010
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 31:9-16, Isaiah 54:9-10, and Hebrews 2:10-18
Isaiah is prophesying about a day when God would no longer be angry at the Israelites for their sins, but would forgive them. Their captivity would be as forgotten as the waters of Noah’s flood.
God still promises the same thing. If we simply ask him to forgive us, he is faithful to do so. Of course, that means that we can’t go right back to doing what we were doing before. Part of repentance is changing how we think and act. We need to say we’re sorry, and we also need to change our ways so that we don’t fall into the same sins. We should try to be like Jesus, not like our old selves.
God is ready to forgive and put away your sins. Will you let him? Ask God to forgive you. Ask him to help you not make those mistakes again. Ask him to help you forgive yourself and others. Ask him to help you live in repentance, not guilt. Write your own prayer.