Day 15 - Praying Over Our Failures



Dear Lord,

We ask that You be merciful upon us when we fail in any area of our lives.  Help us to be mindful of the fact of how we have been formed, mere humans made of dust  (Psalm 103:11-14 / Genesis 2:7) and that You do not expect us to be perfect.  Thank You that the truth is, at one time or another, we have all failed and fallen short of Your glory.  (Romans 3:23)  Thank You that the truth is there is no one who is perfect, not even one.  (Romans 3:10)  Not one, except Your Son, Jesus, who is absolutely perfect in every way and when He shows up, our imperfections disappear.  (1 Corinthians 13:9,10)

When we fail, we pray that our hearts would not be proud, but broken and contrite.  (Psalm 51:17)  When we fail, may we not run from You, but run back towards You in full assurance that if we bring our sins and failures before You, You will forgive them.  (1 John 1:9)  When we fail, may we allow You to cleanse and heal us, removing the dirt from us so that we will be whiter than snow.  (Psalm 51:7)  As far as the east is from the west, may You remove our transgressions from us.  (Psalm 103:12)  

When we fail, may we remember Your faithfulness to Your people throughout the generations, that when they return to You, You have always been gracious and compassionate.  You have never turned Your face from those who have returned to You.   (2 Chronicles 30:6-9)  You have always forgiven and covered all our sins.  (Psalm 85:2)

We ask too that our failures would not be wasted experiences, but times of growth.  Help us to learn from our mistakes and to grow in character, perseverance and hope.  (Romans 5:3-5)  Help us to realize that sometimes we fail because You have tested us to see if there are any weaknesses in our being.  And if You test us, it is to make us better.  

We ask too that after we have failed and returned to You, that we would no longer feel guilty.  It is for freedom that Jesus has come and  there is no longer any condemnation for those who are in Him.  (Romans 8:1)

© margaret young