“If a man sins against his neighbor and is made to take an oath and comes and swears his oath before your altar in this house, then hear from heaven and act and judge your servants, repaying the guilty by bringing his conduct on his own head, and vindicating the righteous by rewarding him according to his righteousness.
“If your people Israel are defeated before the enemy because they have sinned against you, and they turn again and acknowledge your name and pray and plead with you in this house, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and bring them again to the land that you gave to them and to their fathers.
—2 Chronicles 6:22-25
by: Trisha Gerstel.
The Lord has promised to forgive our sins if we put our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38 and 10:43). However, just as King Solomon showed in his dedication prayer and Jesus demonstrated in His model prayer (also known as “The Lord’s Prayer,” Matthew 6:9-13), this promise does not mean we should neglect to ask for forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 reminds us that confession is key to receiving forgiveness. Not that through confession we can cause God to forgive us, but when we pray for God to forgive our daily sins, we not only admit to falling short of His glory, we also demonstrate our understanding that forgiveness is a blessed gift, not a right.