A Prayer for Someone who Needs To Say, I'm Sorry
Years ago I heard Beth Moore talk about the “gift of repentance.” Those words imbedded deep as I mulled them over and took them to heart.
My journey with repentance began with the formalities of priests and penance. As Jesus continued to reveal His love for me, my eyes also opened more widely to my depravity.
In the light of His love, I saw the depth of my sin.
Wrapped in the glory of His presence, I felt the weight of my transgressions.
Bearing the guilt and shame was crushing me and suffocating me. I began to confess to Jesus one burden at a time. He took each one and bore it for me.
There have been seasons in my life that have provided deep introspection resulting in a harvest of repentance. Along with these seasons I have learned the gift of the daily plea for Him to search my heart and show me any weeds and webs of wrongdoing lurking and waiting to entangle me.
Because I once was lost and now am found, I know the gift that repentance truly is. I practice it daily because I don’t want to be fooled into thinking I’m above mistakes and mis-steps.
Today’s prayer is for someone like me, who needs to say she’s sorry because she wants to walk in the weight of His glory rather than the weight of her sin. We begin here:
Psalm 139:23-24 says,
Search me, O God,
and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.
We sit with these words until the “I’m sorries” well up in our soul. With broken hearts we pray like David in Psalm 51:
“Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.”
And that is exactly what He does, my friend. His steadfast love and abundant mercy makes us white as snow.
And one more word to someone today: You are not too far gone for His love to transform you.