When Nathan comes to accuse David of adultery and murder, it is well within David's power to shout: "Off with his head!" But David does not issue that order. Instead, his heart breaks. The horror and magnitude of his sin is incalculable, but it is to David's credit that he immediately repents. Rather than resisting repentance because we feel we don't deserve forgiveness, we should do as David did-repent that very instant.
· Give praise and thanks to the Lord for giving us victory over the world:
Inasmuch as there is none like You, O Lord
(You are great, and Your name is great in might),
Who would not fear You, O King of the nations?
For this is Your rightful due,
For among all the wise men of the nations,
And in all their kingdoms,
There is none like You. . . .
The Lord is the true God;
He is the living God and the everlasting King.
At His wrath the earth will tremble,
And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation
(Jeremiah 10:6-7, 10).
· Pray this confession as you seek to keep your life free from sin:
You have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives" (Hebrews 12:5-6).
· Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. Now pause to pray this affirmation to the Lord:
"If you love Me, keep My commandments" (John 14:15).
· As you make your requests known to the Lord, pray for:
· greater personal discipline,
· persecuted Christians worldwide,
· your activities for the day.
· Finally, offer this prayer to the Lord:
May the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen (Hebrews 13:20-21).