A Prayer Away

“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.”

Psalm 32:5

What a wonderful promise. I confess my sin and the Lord forgives my sin. It is really that simple.

He is waiting, with His arms outstretched, for me. He wants me to walk away clean and that weight of sin to be gone. But I have to make the move. I have to recognize that what I have done is wrong, admit the sin, and come to Him in repentance. I ask Him to forgive me and He does.

The sin, the guilt, the punishment is gone. 

There is no greater gift available to any of us than to know that we have been forgiven.

Lord Jesus, You offer us the gift of forgiveness. Thank You that we can receive it.

“Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:6-7

An ancient Rabbi taught his students, “Repent one day before you die.” 

They were puzzled. “You mean, we will know when we will die?”

“No,” he replied, “so repent today.”

These verses instruct us to pray while the Lord may be found. If you are breathing then that means now. He is within your reach at this very moment. He is a prayer away. You can come to Him right now.

But sometimes people respond that they will wait, think about it, come back another time. I understand that response, but I caution against it. Why? Because tomorrow may not come.

I’m not trying to alarm you, but the truth is that none of us is sure of any time beyond this moment. 2 Corinthians 6:2 tells us that now is the day of salvation. Why? Because we have this moment. We might not have another.

And once we come to Him, He becomes our hiding place. We’re safe in His arms and His care. If there are no more tomorrows here, there will be an eternity of tomorrows with Him.

Come now. He is only a prayer away.

Just as I am, I come now to You, Lord.

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