I would like to know why Christians pray for forgiveness even though they are already forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ when he died on the cross and rose again. Was this moment in time, during the dispensation of Christ, not the penultimate moment of forgiveness and salvation, yet many Christians nowadays pray for forgiveness like they haven’t got it. Please can you sort of give me a clearer insight into this issue.
On a personal note, I sin every day; some sins private, some sins in public. Unfortunately, I can’t do enough repenting and it’s like a vicious circle which I am caught up in and which I cannot escape. I don’t think I am saved to be honest, though it hurts to admit it. My life is not an example of Christian piety and holiness. I am full of mischievousness and confusion.
Please can you give me some insight into my current situation.
I trust you and I need you to help me with this.
Dear fellow human –
I, too, am flesh; do not put any trust in me. Trust only in God.
The Lord Jesus Christ gave us a blue print on how to pray.
“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:9-18)
Many good words of instruction. That prayer is not rote — it’s a living, breathing pattern to follow. Asking for forgiveness is a reminder to keep us ever humble before the Lord our God.
We all sin – almost as we breath. Satan is ever on the hunt to whisper in our ears the mischief that he knows is the sin that so easily besets us. He has had more time then we can comprehend to hone his skill. Our power against Satan is our Lord Jesus Christ. Confess to Him that you have no strength and that you need Him every second, every minute, every hour, every day. If you are continually framing your prayers, you are not going to be turning aside to mischief. I don’t find any other successful path. I don’t want any other path. I know I need to be forgiven for my crimes against my God! I never escape the knowledge that I have nothing except what my God has kindly given me and I owe it all to Him and He owns me lock, stock and barrel! Oh, how marvelous! Oh, how wonderful! I got nothing, so knowing that, I don’t have to pretend I do.
Thank you for asking.
I’m sorry for your distress.
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