05.19.21 | Confession & Forgiveness
In today’s BREAD reading reading from Romans 3, Paul writes to the church in Rome, “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith” (verse 25).
During today’s prayer & fasting focus, begin by expressing your appreciation to God for sending His Son as the atonement for our sin. Share your gratitude to Jesus for faithfully demonstrating the greatest love by “laying down His life for His friends” (John 15:13).
For the remainder of the day, open yourself up to receive God’s forgiveness. To do this well, ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind any sin in your life, and spend time listening to the Spirit in quiet and honest reflection. As these areas of sin come to mind, ask for forgiveness from the Lord.
We encourage you to seek forgiveness by practicing James 5:16, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Consider meeting with a brother or sister you trust, and then confess your sin to them. End your time of sharing and confession with prayer together.