We’ve all messed up somewhere in the timelines of our lives. I know I have more than once and yet am reminded of how at the pinnacle of his Kingship David really messed up. Not only did he commit adultery with Bethsheba, but then had her husband Uriah murdered to cover that sin. (2 Samuel11:1-15 NKJV) But what I love most about the story is that David recognized how horrendous this sin was against God and took complete accountability for it. When we mess up we have to be accountable for our actions no matter what. And in David’s accountability, he didn’t look around for anyone else to blame—no, he blamed himself and asked for divine forgiveness. David realized in the horribleness of his sin that because of God’s covenant love forgiveness was readily available. The Bible teaches us Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. (Act 3:19-21 NKJV)

Loving Father, There is much my heart has been through. I have not taken care of it for it is filthy and weak. I desire my heart to be completely free to love You, Who is Love itself. Give me a heart free of self-absorption, that I might know and love Christ in every person I meet. Give me a heart brimming with joy and peace, that remains firmly rooted in You, no matter my circumstances. Please give me a heart free of doubt: doubt in You, Your faithfulness and perfect plan for my life; doubt in myself and the gifts You have given me; doubt in others’ intentions towards me. Give me a heart that is malleable, that can be molded and lovingly shaped, like clay in the Potter’s hands, through Christ Jesus. Give me a heart that breaks with Yours at the sufferings of others and the hurt that seems to permeate the world. Give me a heart that can stretch and expand to welcome and nurture the lonely, the hurting, the weak. Hide me in Your Most Sacred Heart, Jesus. Enkindle my heart with Your gifts and fruits, my advocate, oh Holy Spirit. Thank You for teaching me how to love. In your Son’s Holy name. Amen.

*Prayer found at youaremadenew.com.

The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’ (Numbers 6:24-26)

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