A friend of mine used to tell me all the time about how powerful it was for him to pray Scripture. I really didn’t get it. In my mind prayers were supposed to be personal, from me to God. If I am praying Scripture, how is that from me? It isn’t surprising that I was clueless in this area, but what is surprising is how far I’ve turned around in this area. It’s not that today I am only praying Scripture, but I not only see how it could be nice but I can see how it can be revolutionary. Here is an example from my life.
I’m not sure about you, but I sin.
Unfortunately it is quite often. I was so frustrated by this and I have struggled with how to confess, repent and ask for forgiveness. What are the right words? Then it hit me Emeril style, “Bam!”
In Psalm 51 David is dealing with his big run-on sin. He lusted after Bathsheba, went to her, she got pregnant, then he killed her husband so he wouldn’t have to deal with it. But of course, he got busted. Instead of running from God, David leaned in. We can read in Psalm 51:1-2:
“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!”
But he wasn’t done, then the prayer that has literally changed how I and how quickly I come back to God when I screw up. Psalm 51:10-12:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
David’s process is beautiful and perfect.
God I’ve sinned.
Help me to repent. I need you to not do this again.
Forgive me (restore me).
I love it. I hope you do too.