PRAYER FOCUS: REPENTANCE
We are in a bad place, corporately, as a people. Individually, we are sinners saved by Grace, but as a corporate humanity, we are a foul odor in the nostrils of Holy God. We as a people have committed three types of sin against God, of which, if we as a people do NOT repent and turn from our wicked ways, the Judgment of God will fall swiftly.
On a national level, we see the swift decline in not just the western world but specifically here in the one country which everyone worldwide considered a Christian country - America. The Hand of Protection of Almighty God was pulled off the United States on September 11, 2001 when the biggest attack on the country since Pearl Harbor was allowed to strike. Right after that, there was a huge show of "religiousity" with people flocking to churches etc for a few weeks. The problem with that - it was all show! America and its church leaders quickly went back to business as usual and now, we are in a societal as well as spiritual free fall over a cliff. The reason this is happening are three things related to Sin, which are listed in the first two verses of Psalm 51 below and underlined in RED. They are Transgessions, Iniquity and Sin. All three of them fall under the umbrella of sin which God abhors.
Just briefly, Transgression is OPEN rebellion against God. It is what King David did when he knowingly sinned, even though God spoke directly to him and allowed him to write the Psalms under inspiration. He knowingly went and took another man's wife- Bathsheba, impregnated her and then killed her husband. He knowingly lived with that sin for two years before God had enough and sent the prophet Nathan to finger him and call him out. America has spit in the eyes of God with idolatry, celebrity culture, removing God from schools and crosses from churches. We have judges forcing unbiblical re-definition of Holy Matrimony and certain mainline churches sanctioning same-sex clergy and other sin. This is open rebellion against God - Transgression - which if not repented of as King David did in Psalm 51 below, will lead to the spiritual death of a nation.
So Father, in the Name of Jesus, I repent of my part, in participating in this evil celebrity culture and for supporting those things and people who have openly rebelled against you, because "it was the cool thing to do". Please forgive me, most Holy and Righteous Father and forgive us all, those to whom You have given the Spirit of Repentance.
Iniquity, the other type of sin, is not as vile as Transgression, but is just as deadly. Iniquity is repeat, habitual sin - like looking at pornography or R rated movies and feeling guilty...but stilling going back to Family Video Stores and renting some Sharon Stone or Robert DeNiro movie because you think it has a good story. It is like becoming a weekend drinker of beer or something and thinking that is okay, since you do not do it daily.
Father in the Name of Jesus, I repent of all my iniquity. Search my heart oh God and seek and find ALL that is evil within me, which cause me to go back "there" again, even though I (we) promised many times to "never do this again" - and then root it out. Then give me the strength to replace all those things with Thy Word and prayer and praise that I may grow in the Wisdom and knowledge of Christ and it is in His Name I pray, Amen.
Transgression and iniquity - the two big sins against God - will get anyone into deep trouble with the Father. The misdemeanor sins one commits daily are easily forgiven but iniquity and open rebellion are deeply troubling. If those are not taken care off, then God help us. Today, (and always) let us go into a deep mode of repentance and seeking His complete and absolute forgiveness or face the Wrath of God here on earth and then on the soon coming Day of the Lord. Amen