—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.