Thursday, July 22, 2010

Naming Names

I usually start my devotional time with prayer. I try to follow a four-point method of Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and finally Supplication. It's not a rule, it's just a banner at the top of my prayer page that helps me.

A few mornings ago I picked up on a trend regarding my confession segment. I noticed that I often swept through it with a quick..."and forgive me for all my sins" request and moved on.

Moments like these for me are actually that still small voice of the Holy Spirit. He gave me a gentle elbow... "this is not full confession" He said.

As you can imagine, I've given this a lot of thought over the last few days.

I know that asking for forgiveness of sins is acknowledgment of their existence but I think to get them out on the "table" is a good thing. We need to hear ourselves speak them; to name their ugly names. Perhaps we need to have a serious conversation about them. We certainly do not need to wait for specific times in our day to address them.

On those rare occasions that I actually can't think of anything then maybe I should just be quiet for a moment... ask Him to look me over and let me know how I'm doing.

Can we repent and fully turn from our wicked ways if we do not specifically address them? If I just do a habitual quickie forgiveness request it seems like merely handing my soiled garment to Jesus and saying "here, wash this". It has become a recited 'bead' in my prayer banner. Repetitive and ritualistic. Oh how that must hurt Him. Cringe!

Jesus is faithful to forgive. He's wonderful like that but I want my prayers... all segments to effectively work together to make a difference in the world, in others and in myself. I want the lines of communication between He and me to always be open and active.


Lord,... I've been insensitive about my transgressions against You. Please forgive me! May I never forget the price you paid for me and that you alone are worthy of all my loyalty, love, honor and respect. I am so grateful for your correction in my life.
Empower me to be a good and faithful servant.

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9 comments:

  1. thanks Lorrie for these , me too i need help to take devotion more serious God bless you!
    Lawi

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  2. You've hot on something important here, Lorrie.

    "it seems like merely handing my soiled garment to Jesus and saying "here, wash this".

    He already knows our trespasses.. but we need to hear them spoken and confessed in our voice.

    thank you for this...

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  3. Thanks Lawi and HisFireFly! Appreciate you coming over and leaving a comment :-) Blessings!

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  4. Thanks for sharing the great post, Lorrie. I'm certainly guilty of the same thing and needed this nudge to straighten up my praying too!

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  5. Thank you Lorrie, for posting again... your post are always timely!

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  6. When I get started confessing my sins it goes on for a long time. I want to remember that verse where says:

    Rom 5:20 And the law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace did abound more exceedingly:
    Rom 5:21 that, as sin reigned in death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    How merciful of God that His Grace abound more exceedingly. All praise to God!

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  7. Hi Marja ~ Thanks for coming over. Your comments are always so encouraging :-)

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  8. Vee ~ You often comment in a way that completes my intention! I love and appreciate that so much. You are a wonder :-) Thank you!!

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  9. Do I? That's funny :) Well, you happen to blog things that I need to hear at the time... tee hee hee.

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