In the last post on Prayer, we began to look at what makes for effective prayer by using the acronym P-R-A-Y. The first step is praise. Today, Iet us focus on the second letter of our acronym, “R”, which stands for repent.
By repentance in prayer, we mean taking the time before God to search our heart and repent of anything that has come between us and Him. Psalm 19:12-13 expresses it well,
Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.
Verse 12 begins with the question, “Who can understand his errors?” The psalmist is telling us, “We will not always know when we do something wrong. We will not always know when we get into an area that is not right.”
What David is pointing to are the secret faults and presumptuous sins which can still have dominion over us—even though we may not be aware that what we did was wrong.
For example, sometimes we can allow attitudes to get into our hearts that we don’t realize are inconsistent with God’s character. Or sometimes we can do and say things that are detrimental, not only to us, but to others, and not really understand the damage we have done.
How do you deal with these sins? You come before God and say, “God, put the spotlight on anything in our life that has raised a barrier between You and I, and we will repent of it.”
So when we pray, ask God to reveal any sin in our life we may be overlooking. God will honor our heart of repentance.