Pocket Sized Thoughts – Prayer – Part 13

Forgive their sin -: and if not, blot me out of Your book” (Exodus 32:32)

This is an example of utterly self-less prayer. Paul requested something similar in Romans 9:3. The people had committed a terrible sin in worshipping the golden calf. It was described as a ‘great’ sin in verse 30. There are three things to note here. Firstly, selflessness in prayer is a key to answered prayer. When all self-interest and self-glory is relinquished, God hears and answers. Jesus did not pray for deliverance but for forgiveness for those crucifying him. Secondly, though the sin was great, God was able to forgive it. There is no sin that is beyond the reach of forgiving, cleansing blood of Christ. Thirdly, there was a plague following this sin (v.35). Some sins have consequences; eg a chain smoker will damage his health. Yet, all sins, conscious and unconscious can be forgiven. Let us always be ready to pray, “Forgive us our trespasses.”

PRAYER :- “Lord, thank you for the power of forgiveness. Help me to pray without other agendas.”