Prayer of Confession
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greeting in the name of Jesus
Life is a gift from God and we need to celebrate. A child of God needs to celebratie the faithfulness of God in his life. In celebration of the faithfulness of God, we also need to look into areas where God is not pleased with us.
David committed adultery with Bathsheba and to cover it up he got her husband Uriah killed by putting him in the forefront on the battleground. Then Prophet Nathan came to David and talked to him personally. He said, this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: `I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. (II Sam 12: 7-9)
When David found that his sin was brought to light, He acknowledged God and placed his supplication before God.
1. He acknowledges God and his Character
In confession of sin it is very important to know who God is & what is his character & and why he forgives. Here we see David prays,
Have mercy on me, O God, (Ps 51:1)
- according to your unfailing love;
- according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
What is Mercy & Grace?
- Mercy: Not giving what we deserve
- Grace: Giving what we don’t deserve
David acknowledges the unfailing love and great compassion of God which alone could blot out his transgression and also acknowledges what God is really pleased with:
- a broken spirit;
- a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise (Ps 51: 16-17)
2. He acknowledges his own character
He knows his transgressions and his sin is always before him (v.3)
He has sinned and done what is evil in the sight of God (v.4)
Surely, he was sinful from his birth (v.5)
3. He placed his supplication before God
On the basis of unfailing love and great compassion of God David pleads with God to
- Wash him from his iniquity (v. 2)
- Cleanse him with a hyssop (v.7)
- Make his crushed bones to rejoice (v.8)
- Create in him a pure heart (v.10)
- Not cast him from the presence of God (v.11)
- Saved him from bloodguilt (v.14)
- Open his lips, and mouth to declare praise of God (v.15)
God gives, gives and gives to such an extent that he forgives too. The reason of his forgiveness is that the world will know through us that God is a forgiving God. We are forgiven so that we can forgive others. We are saved (forgiven) to serve (forgive) others and not to demand justice alone.
Let us be gracious as David was, when he spared Saul’s life, even though Saul wanted to take away the life of David because of jealously. Today, more can be achieved through forgiveness than mere justice. Since God forgave us, we also need to forgive others unconditionally. As UESI adopts the theme “Unity, Love & Prayer” for the next two years, let us love one another, showing their sins personally (if any) and in deep dependence upon God through prayer with one another. Love covers a multitude of sins.
Praise God that Assam become decentralised in AGM 2019 and they had the dedication of Assam UESI as well as state conference on 28-29 Sept at Guwahati where I had an opportunity to attend and meet the students, Graduates, staff team and EC members. Praise God for the pioneers who started the ministry of UESI in Assam and also for the faithfulness of God.
Praise for the life of Prof PP Thomas who was a pioneer of UESI- Kerala and also the 1st Presidnt of UESI -Kerala after decentralisation. He was professor, Bible teacher cum expositor and also a student of the Bible. Our deepest condolences to his family and also to UESI- Kerala
Let us continue to pray for the forthcoming National Planning Conference where we care share our experiences of Vision 2020 and also look forward to formulate a strategy for Vision 2030.
With you in prayers,
UESI General Secretary.