When Christians Pray For Forgiveness

Matthew 6: 12 & 14-15

  1. Why Pray for Forgiveness When God says He remembers our sins no more.

Hebrews 8: 12:   Judicial Forgiveness.

But then: Hebrews 12: 3-11. The loving discipline of a Father.

Judge vs. Father

Why should we therefore pray for our forgiveness as believers ?

For Fellowship.  Joy.  Power.. Peace. Forgiveness of sins.

  1. What does Forgiveness Look Like ?

1) Resisting thoughts of revenge.  Romans 12: 19 “ Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the Wrath of God, for it is written, Vengence is Mine, I will repay says the Lord.

2) Not returning evil for evil.  I Thess. 5:15 “ See that no one repays another with evil for evil”

3) Wishing offenders the best. Luke 6: 28 “ Bless those who curse you”

4) Grieving at their hardships. Prov. 24: 17 “ Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles”

5) Pray for their welfare. Matthew 5: 44 “ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you “

6) Come to their aid in times of distress. Exodus 23: 4 “  If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey wandering away, you shall surely return it to him “

7) Pray in love for God’s Discipline / Deliver to Satan for the destruction of the flesh”  I Cor. 5: 5

  1. What forgiveness is not.

1) Forgiveness is not the absence of anger over sin.

2) Forgiveness is not the absence of Serious Consequences for Sin.

Example:  King David.

Our sins are forgiven and forgotten in the sense that they no longer bring down the wrath of a judge, but not in the sense that they no longer bring down the painful spanking of a loving Father.

 

  1. Praying for our forgiveness as a believer is a wonderful thing. And forgiving others frees us and empowers us like nothing else !