Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have music that may or may not apply to the devotional. We can all love new music being introduced to us.
This devotional is titled “The Power Of A Simple Prayer”. It is 5 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.”
Isaiah 55:7 “let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”
1 Peter 1:18-19 “knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”
Take Your Sins to Christ
When we pray, most of us are able to take our problems to Christ, but what about our sin?
The prophet Isaiah wrote, “The Lord has put on him the punishment for all the
evil we have done” (53:6 NCV). Isaiah did not know the name of God’s sin bearer.
But we do. Jesus Christ. He came to “put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Heb. 9:26). He “was offered once to bear the sins of many” (v. 28).
If you are in Christ, your sin is gone. It was last seen on the back of your Sin Bearer as he headed out to Death Valley. When Jesus cried on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46 NIV), he entered the wilderness on your behalf. He carried your sin away.
Jesus did his part. Now do yours.
Give God your guilt. Pray the Pocket Prayer. Father, you are good. I need help. Forgive me . . . Tell Jesus what you did. Place your guilt on the back of your Sin Bearer. Give it to Jesus with this request: “Will you take this away?” Do this as often as needed. One time, two times, ten times a day? By all means! Hold nothing back. No sin is too ancient or recent, too evil or insignificant. Be abundant in your confession, and . . .
Be concrete in your confession. Go into as much detail as you can. You’re tempted to say, Lord, forgive me. I am a louse. But that doesn’t work. For one thing you are not a louse; you are God’s chosen child, and he loves you. For another, healing happens when the wound is exposed to the atmosphere of grace.
Exactly what is it that you need forgiveness for? For being a bad person? That is too general. For losing your patience in the business meeting and calling your coworker a creep? There, you can confess that.
Confession, you see, is not a punishment for sin; it is an isolation of sin so it can be exposed and extracted.
I want to take a closer look at Isaiah 55:7. Well actually, Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways declares the Lord”. I find this very interesting since when would of man devised sending one God’s son to the cross to pay for everyone’s sins? That doesn’t sound like us at all. In fact, reading the Old Testament should definitely show you that. We stoned people for screwing up. Forgiveness was not at the forefront of our minds. Ever have a great idea that came out of nowhere? You may need to give credit to the big man upstairs. His thoughts are not our thoughts. He thinks bigger and on a grander scale than we ever could. He can also look at the tiniest detail and see how it affects everything. What is even better is that Isaiah is Old Testament.
Wesley Wood is an aspiring film director. He would love to make GOOD films to help spread God's word and help Christians grow.
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