Wednesday November 11, 2005
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"God, Prayer, & Forgiveness "

1) Does God always forgive my sins?

2) When I pray, how do I know God hears me?

3) Can my sins truly be forgiven and do I really deserve another chance?

We need to examine what prayer is, what sins are, and what forgiveness requires.

First, let’s take a look at prayer. Revelation 4:11 KJV lets us know that God was lonely and He made us because He wanted company. Prayer is required to communicate with God and provides the companionship God seeks. You talk to God; He listens. Simply put, prayer is a conversation between God and you and no special conditions need exist. He wants to know what’s on your mind, anywhere you are, anytime you’re ready. Your thoughts reach God as easily as your words. Be direct, be honest, and be sincere because you can’t fool God as He knows you better than you know yourself. Preparations, prompts and pamphlets won’t help… just talk to Him!

Next, let’s examine sin and forgiveness. Sin takes place when we fail to honor God’s commandments. Forgiveness takes place when God washes away these sins. 1 John 3: 4-5 KJV reveals:

“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.”

We are “born again” in the flesh for the purpose of showing God our love or lack thereof. Everyday, God will forgive our sins “seventy times seven” as we find in Matthew 18:22 KJV.

Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

We’re certain that our sins have been cleansed as forgiveness includes “remorse”, which means we’ve have a change of heart. You’re a new person! God recognizes this change that takes place within you as your sins are no more. God forgives you the moment you reach out to Him. His forgiveness is complete the very instant you seek it. You don’t have to ask a second time as that would show you doubt Christ can forgive, the first time you ask.

Every time you seek, you’re forgiven because Christ shed his blood on the cross, opening your pathway to forgiveness. Without question, you are to recognize God’s sacrifice and do your part to receive His gift. John 20:23 KJV reads:

“Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.”

Release sins or keep sins, the choice is yours to make.

Prayer enables us to know God better and show him our true feelings. Observe John 15:07






KJV which informs us:

“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

We can feel his closeness as God delights in this attention He receives from us. You know, we’re part of His family and He expects to be treated that way.

God’s Word speaks clearly to us! How much time do you spend each day…listening?



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