This is another of my devotionals that was published in an anthology titled Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. It is included in the section titled Prayers of Praise and Thanksgiving.
When I want to thank God
for His forgiveness . . .
If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
—1 John 1:9 NKJV
If You, LORD, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You.
—Psalm 130:3-4 NASB
You are forgiving and good, O Lord,
abounding in love to all who call to You.
All the prophets testify about him
that everyone who believes in him
receives forgiveness of sins through his name.
. . . I will pray.
It happened again. Just when I started feeling as if things were going well, I messed up. Instead of keeping my focus on You, I let myself be pulled into a bad situation—something that is not what You want for me and certainly does not glorify You. How does this keep happening? Never mind, I know. You try to warn me, but I always insist on going my own way.
Forgive me, Lord—again. Wash me clean and help me to be vigilant, listening carefully to Your Spirit inside my heart. My desire is to please You, but we both know that I can’t make that a reality without Your help. Let me live ever aware of Your presence. As I practice living in Your presence, I believe that sin will lose its power over me.
I know, Lord, that You are a kind, loving, and merciful God, and I know You desire only the best for me. I am so thankful for Your willingness to forgive me each and every time. I praise You above all others, for You are the one who has washed me clean.
When God pardons, He consigns the offense
to everlasting forgetfulness.
[From Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. Copyright © 2006 Bordon-Winters LLC]