Your biggest mistake pales in comparison to God’s incredible mercy, grace, and forgiveness. There is absolutely nothing that you or I can do that would cancel His love for us. If we turn from what we’ve done and turn to Him, He is willing to meet us every single time. His love is that good.
I remember a point in my life where I was feeling like I’d messed things up so badly that there was no way to fix them. In complete desperation, I gave up and turned to Jesus.
Hopeless and helpless, I invited God into the mess and asked Him to begin to mend the things that I’d broken.
That was almost 20 years ago. He was faithful then and He’s been faithful a million times since that day because He is a God who loves, who forgives, who redeems, who reconciles, and who restores.
He offers freedom from our guilt and our shame and hope for our future if we just ask.
Have mercy on me. Forget my sin and cleanse me. I own my failures and know that every sin I’ve committed was a sin against you.
You are holy and good. You are right to judge me and you are the only one who can cleanse me and restore me.
Give me a pure heart. Renew a faithful Spirit within me so that I will keep following you. Don’t be far from me, Lord. Be my friend and help me.
Replace my guilt and shame with joy and a willingness to stay close to you.
Help me, God, so I can tell others the things I’ve learned. I don’t want them to make the same mistakes. I want to help people who’ve gone the wrong way know that they can turn to you and be changed.
You’ve changed me and saved me, now I want to thank you. I want to tell others about your love and forgiveness.
I’d do anything for you, God, but all you want is my love and obedience. I freely give it because I know your way is best and you are good. I want to honor you with my life.
This prayer was inspired by Psalm 51.
At the time he penned Psalm 51, King David had committed adultery with another man’s wife, lied and deceived, arranged the murder of the woman’s husband, and then taken the woman as his wife.
He knew a thing or two about God’s over the top love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness.
If God could do what He has done in my life, and in King David’s life, then I believe He can do it for you.
Remember, nothing can separate you from His love and nothing can keep you from experiencing the freedom of His forgiveness. There is hope.
Psalm 51 NIV
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem. Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.”