Pray for Mercy

Pray for Mercy
(December Week 5)

(1). Isaiah 64:8-9 Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9 Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look on us, we pray, for we are all your people.

(2). Psalm 51:1-4 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight

(3). Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

(4). Lamentations 3:55-57 I called on your name, Lord, from the depths of the pit. 56 You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.” 57 You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.”

(5). “Mercy, detached from Justice, grows unmerciful.” [C.S. Lewis]

(6). Prayer thought: Mercy and justice go hand in hand. We are called to forgive “seventy times seven” when wronged. Just as God forgave us and showed us mercy, so we must forgive others. We shouldn’t seek God for revenge on our enemies; rather we should do as Jesus Christ showed us, and that is seek God’s mercy and forgiveness on others who do us wrong. In the midst of our shortcomings, failures and sin, we must seek God’s mercy so that He may refresh and renew us. His mercies are new every morning - what an encouragement!