Family Connection October 30, 2017


What is confessional prayer? We see from Psalm 51 it is more than just telling God we are sorry.
David essentially prayed four prayers in his confessional prayer:

  1. “God, cleanse me.” (Vs. 1-7)

    You see, sin is like dirt on the inside of us. When we sin, our soul becomes dark. We need to be cleansed. When we sin, and we have an appropriate guilty conscious because of that sin, we need to be washed and made clean. So, this Psalm is filled with a lot of language that shows us that David understood his need for cleansing.

    One of the most beautiful and reassuring passages of Scripture is 1 John 1:7-9-7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

  2. “God, teach me.” (Vs. 6)

    David had a teachable spirit. It was actually the prophet, Nathan, who first confronted David about his sin. It can be hard to hear the truth sometimes, but when we hear it and receive it, it can be healing. David knew that truth was important. He learned quickly that our sin is never hidden from God. We can never cover up our wrongdoing. God always knows, and in David’s case, God made it known to the Prophet Nathan so that David could deal with it. Isn’t it awesome that God loves us so much that He will put people in our path to confront us when necessary? May we have a teachable spirit to receive those God might send to speak to us.

    It’s a first step to admit that we have done something wrong. It is a second step to want to understand why and to learn how to safeguard ourselves from repeating the same mistakes. David wasn’t just aware of his sin, but he desired to be self-aware. Understanding our frailties, our weaknesses, the potential openings in our lives to the things of the flesh and the things of the world is important if we are going to have and maintain victory in our lives.

  3. “God, restore me.” (Vs. 8-12)

    Sin costs us. It not only impacts us spiritually, but it can also cripple us emotionally, relationally, financially, and physically. David’s sin was affecting his whole person. In verse 8 he says he could no longer hear joy and gladness. Others may have been joyful around him. There could have been many reasons to celebrate and enjoy life, but his sin kept him from experiencing joy. You might say it brought a cloud of depression over his life. In the second part of verse 8 he speaks about how his bones felt crushed as if they were broken and won’t support his frame. He was weak in his physical body. In verse 10 he said he had lost purity in heart. He had lost a passion for the things of God. His heart and spirit were suffering. In verse 14, he claimed to have blood on his hands. At the end of verse 14 and all of 15, he says worship was a struggle.

    David wanted his life back which included his passion for God.

  4. “God, use me.” (Vs. 13-19)

    When we fail, when we sin, there is often a sense that we are now broken, unfit, unworthy to serve the Lord. That is often our view from where we sit in our sin. David was desperate to reclaim his role as a servant of God. He wanted God to use him again. He said in verse 13 that he wanted teach other sinners about God and His ways. He desired to warn others of what can happen if you just let your guard down for a second. Who better to teach sinners than someone who has fallen so low, who knows the way back up, who knows the way out of sin and back into fellowship with God? Who better to minister to someone in their brokenness than someone who has been broken by the effects of sin himself or herself?

    I don’t know what lurks in your past that is still part of your present. I don’t know what you are working hard to keep under wraps. I don’t know what you are trying to keep on the down-low, but I assure you God already knows it all. Would you accept this opportunity to cry out to Him sooner rather than later? Don’t let years pass while your soul and bones are crushed under the weight of your sin. Ask God to cleanse you, to teach you, to restore you and to use you. He’ll do it! Hallelujah!

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Pastor Melissa Pratt
Connections Pastor
Pastor Thom Pratt
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Pastor Mandy Bohm
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Pastor Jed Worline
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Pastor Megan Cloninger
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Pastor Brenda Kraft
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