A Prayer of Repentance
Jeremiah 10:6-16, Matthew 3:1-2, II Corinthians 7:9-10
Reflections of the Heart:
It is empowering to know that birth into the Kingdom of God is available to anyone by hearing the call to salvation, choosing to reject and repent of sin, and turning away from sin toward Christ Jesus as personal Lord and Savior. That is repentance unto God’s good work.
Father God, You hear and attend to our prayer because we come in submission according to Your Word. From the ends of the earth, we cry to You for help when our hearts are overwhelmed. Your Word leads us to the towering rock of safety, for You are our safe refuge, a fortress where our enemies cannot reach us. We will live forever in Your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of Your wings. We will praise You, Lord, with our whole heart. Heavenly Father, we thank You for men and women messengers who teach Your Word of repentance. We are grateful that when we are converted, our sins are wiped away so that times of refreshment may come from the presence of the Lord. Thank You for loving us in spite of our faults.
Heavenly Father, You have given clear instruction to Your people, from John the Baptist, throughout Jesus’ ministry, in the disciples’ ministry during Jesus’ time on earth and throughout Acts. Without acting on Your Word of repentance, salvation is retarded. Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Jesus prophesied this same message would be taken to the ends of the world, commissioning His disciples to do this ministry of repentance and promising the power of the Holy Spirit to help fulfill God’s work. Father God, we know that You require repentance to be baptized into the body of Christ – into Your family. When Jesus began to preach after being tempted of the devil, He said, “Repent of your sins and turn to God for the kingdom of heaven is near.” The inauguration of Your ongoing grace offers salvation to anyone who has faith in the Name of Jesus. Repentance from sin is the first step toward being redeemed from death to eternal life for the Gospel is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes. In it, Your righteousness is revealed from faith to faith. As it is written, the just shall live by faith.
Holy Spirit, inspire Christian men and women who will not be ashamed to pursue excellence in Christ and spread the Good News of repentance and belief in the Gospel of Your Kingdom. Father, You have told us that everyone has sinned. We all fall short of Your glorious standard. Therefore, we ask now that the Holy Spirit will always counsel us to recognize our sins and inspire us to repent and turn from evil, as You have commanded us to do. We will do this because we know that You will not reject a broken and repentant heart. Let it be unto us according to Your Word.
Holy Spirit, reveal to me sins hidden in my heart for which I need to repent:
Merciful Father, forgive the ignorance tolerated by the children of Your kingdom who have not been taught, or who have refused to submit to learn, the importance of repentance. Forgive those who have evil thoughts when they repent of their wickedness. Forgive us for half-hearted worship. Forgive us for stubbornness, rebellion, and arrogance. Forgive us for disobedience. Although You may become weary with our repenting, we know that You will forgive us, even seven times seventy in a day if need be, for You have taught us to continually forgive our neighbor. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Father, help us to not yield to temptation but, deliver us from the evil one.
Almighty God, You are so gracious to Your people. You restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts. You take no pleasure in the death of anyone. Praise to our Rock! May the God of our salvation be exalted! In the precious Name of Jesus, Amen!
Scripture References for the Written Text: Acts 3:19, Psalm 61:1-4, Psalms 111:1-4, Acts 3:19-20, Matthew 3:12, Mark 1:14-15, Luke 9:1-2, II Corinthians 7:9-10, James 2:17, Matthew 24:14, Mark 14:15-18, Acts 1:3-8, Acts 4:17, Acts 3:11, Romans 1:16-17, Romans 3:23, Job 36:9-10, Psalm 51:17, Acts 8:22, Jeremiah 15:6, Luke 17:4, James 1:13, I John 5:4, Isaiah 57:15, Ezekiel 18:32, Psalm 18:46
Today, I will trust God to: