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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
9/27/2014 9:25:12 AM by: Patti Shene

This week continues Jennifer Hallmark’s fictional series describing how prayer changes things. Let’s look at David’s prayer for repentance and restoration.

Prayer Changes Things-David’s Prayer for Repentance and Restoration

by

Jennifer Hallmark

This week continues the fictional series describing how prayer changes things. Today’s thought is a prayer for repentance and restoration.

Margie stopped as soon as she entered the break room. Debra’s shoulders sagged as she sat at the table, face buried in her hands. “What’s wrong, Debra?” Margie pulled up a chair and sat beside her.

“Nothing.” She pushed from the table, moving to the coffeepot for a refill. “I’m fine.”

“If you have something on your mind, we have time to talk.”

Debra sat back down, stirred her coffee in slow circles, then swiped at a tear coursing down her cheek.

“I don’t know what to do,” she said. “I’ve really messed up this time. You know that problem with the—uh—c—certain sin I have struggled with?”

Margie nodded, reached over and patted her hand.

Debra grabbed a napkin and wiped her nose. “Well, I told God I wouldn’t do it again and Saturday I was tired and frustrated, one thing led to another. Well, you know—so I didn’t even go to church Sunday.”

“Debra, we all struggle with sin. Even though we are new creatures in Christ, our flesh will be with us until we’re in heaven. It’s a constant struggle.”

Debra straightened. “But what can I do? I want to change. I hate to go to God with the same old thing. I’m sure he’s given up on me by now.”

Margie rummaged through her oversized purse. “God is merciful beyond what we can imagine. His mercy is discussed throughout the Bible. Did you know that David fell into sin, even after he became king? He had a man murdered.”

“The same David that killed Goliath?” Debra’s eyes widened.

“The same. David wrote much of the book of Psalms and probably wrote Psalm 51 after being confronted by the prophet Nathan about his sin.”

Margie opened her Bible and turned to Psalm 51. “I’ll read part of this to you and you can read the whole chapter later.”

“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night…Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me…You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” Psalm 51:1-3; 10-11; 16-17 NLT

“That’s just how I feel,” said Debra. “I’m not good enough to go into God’s presence.”

“None of us are. We enter by His grace because of what Jesus did on the cross. As for David, he admitted his sin and asked God to forgive him. Then he asked God to restore him back to right fellowship with Him. When we sin, we are separated from God. But He longs to restore us.”

“The shame of what I did was so bad, not going to church seemed like a way to pay for it. But the price has already been paid, right?”

Margie nodded. “Precisely. God is ready to forgive you when you ask. He’ll grant you mercy and then restore you back to Himself. God isn’t looking for a perfect performance; just a heart willing to admit sin and pride. He makes us what we need to be, as he restores us.”

Debra read over the verses again. “Can I ask for forgiveness now?”

“Yes. At any time, God is waiting. Go ahead.”

Debra bowed her head. As the whisper of a broken heart sounded in the break room, Margie wiped her own tears away.

Debra looked up. “I—I feel better, lighter. Like a weight has been lifted off me.”

“It has.” Margie reached over and hugged her “Remember, God not only forgives but He forgets.”

“I’m ready to go back to work now.” Debra smiled. “And back to church.”

Prayer focus: Ask God to show you any area of sin you’ve avoided bringing to Him. Ask for full restoration and lay it at His feet.


Comments

Patti Shene From Colorado At 9/27/2014 8:22:03 PM

Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer (S). Jennifer (H), I am enjoying all of the scenarios you are sharing.

Jennifer Slattery From Jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com At 9/27/2014 8:12:06 PM

Great scene, Jen!

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