2 Chronicles 6:37b, 39b, Acts 3:19 NIV 2011
“We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly…” And forgive your people, who have sinned against you.
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”
2 Chronicles 6:12, “Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the whole assembly of Israel” as he dedicated the Temple. Repentance was a key element of his prayer. Turning from their sinful wicked ways and returning to the Lord was the heart change needed to receive His forgiveness. Peter spoke to the crowd “in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade.” In Acts 2:38, he again said, “Repent and be baptized…” One commentator wrote, “Repentance is a change of mind and will arising from sorrow for sin and leading to transformation of life.” Repentance is a vital human element of a believer’s prayer.
God calls all people to repent. Jesus calls people to repent. The apostles’ called people to repent. John the Baptist called people to repent. I draw near to the Lord after repenting my sins. Sin separates me from God. Asking for forgiveness cleanses me leaving God an open channel to me. When the remote control is lost, I’m unable use the TV. When I forget my sins, the Lord is unable to use me. Repentance enables God to cleanse and use me daily.
What sorrowful sin keeps God’s purpose unclear?
Faithfully turning toward God,