January 16, 2022
John the Baptist prepared the way of the Lord by preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins (Mark 1:4). It was a personal message aimed at the heart of the matter, that we are conceived in sin and sharpened in iniquity (Psalm 51:5). Repentance is the first step that we must take every time on our path to personal consecration. It begins with the acknowledgment that each one of us is still subject to the law of sin (Romans 7) and that there is always something that we need to turn away from in our lives. Begin by praying, “Father, show me what You want me to repent from, and give me the strength to do so.”
- Ask God to show you what He wants you to repent from.
- Be willing to change and take responsibility for your sin.
- Be honest with God about your sins. Confess them to Him during prayer and He will forgive.
- When you have received His forgiveness, accept it and thank Him for it. Don’t hold onto things He has forgiven and cleansed you from.
- Forgive those who have offended you. God will not forgive you if you don’t forgive others.
- After you have repented and thanked God for His forgiveness, ask Him to heal our land. The problems vexing our world are spiritual- the root of which is sin.
- Pray for strength and wisdom to overcome when you are tempted to sin again. Prepare in advance by finding and praying Scriptures that give you direction from God.
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