“Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered,” Romans 4:7.
What a wonderful God we serve! Even though we are prone to sin, He has made it possible for us to receive forgiveness each time we confess it to Him. This should cause us to love Him even more, especially, when we know that the righteous, loving, Heavenly Father is fully aware of our shortcomings, failures, faults and our most secret sins. He forgives us because of Jesus.
When God looks at saved sinners, He sees the blood of Christ. (Rev. 1:5). On Calvary, Jesus shed His blood and later sprinkled it on the mercy seat in Heaven. For this reason alone we should be eternally grateful. We are the blessed benefactors of that forgiveness. Our sins, which are many, are covered by His cleansing blood (1 John 1:7). No false god offered to bleed and die for its people much less forgive the guiltiest of them, but the God of all gods and the King of kings did that for you and me!
The awesomeness of this sacrifice brings into view a few questions each person must answer. Have you been forgiven? Where will you spend eternity? In Heaven, as a blessed, redeemed child of the King or in hell forever knowing you will never go to Heaven?
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin (Rom. 4:8).
“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God,” Luke 6:12.
What if your boss gave you an assignment and told you the project was so important that if you failed, the entire company would go under? Talk about pressure! If it were me, I would probably spend a great deal of time with my boss, trying to understand his vision for the project, asking wisdom and advice from him about how to be successful and asking his opinion about which employees I should work with to guarantee the success of the venture.
The assignment Jesus received from the Father was critical to the success of God’s redemptive plan for the world. Not only was Jesus required to follow God’s plan that led Him to suffer the agony of Calvary, but also He was given the task of leaving His church in capable hands. What did Jesus do? He prayed. The Son of God spent hours and hours in prayer with God the Father. Jesus needed quality time with His Father to align His purpose with God’s purpose and to be filled with power and conviction to follow through. That is what prayer is. It is a time to communicate with the Father and find vigor and passion to fulfill the plans He has for us, partnering with Him and laying our own plans aside.
JUST A THOUGHT – Will you partner with God in prayer today?