Psalm 32:1-7 (NIV)

1 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. 3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. “Selah” 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”– and you forgave the guilt of my sin. “Selah” 6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him. 7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. “Selah”

Psalm 32:3,5 (NIV)

3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.

5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”– and you forgave the guilt of my sin. “Selah”

DEVOTION – Lisa Stackpole (Wisconsin)

Some years ago,  I planned to visit friends in a rural area.  I estimated my arrival time and told them I would all on my cell phone as I neared their house.  “Fine,” they agreed.  “but don’t try to call when you are crossing the bridge over the Mississippi River.  You can’t make connections there;  it’s a real dead zone.”

Recently, I’ve been doing a study on prayer.  As I meditated on the truth of God’s word, I realized that I have “dead zones” in my prayer life.  These are areas that I don’t want to bring before God because I don’t really want God to change me.  Perhaps it is a minor bad habit I rather enjoy; or maybe I’m afraid the struggle to overcome a particular sin, even with God’s strength, would be too much of a challenge for me.  I then become content to live with the sin, telling myself I’ll ask God to deal with it later.  Because I’m unwilling to turn these parts of my life over to God’s  healing power, my communication with God is hindered – not only in that area but also throughout my prayer life.  As I prayerfully turn these dead zones over to God, I am cleansed and renewed.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: What parts of my life have I not brought to God?

PRAYER: Dear Father, give us the courage to turn every aspect of our lives over to you.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE WITH UNCONFESSED SIN

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