Devotionals by Bayless Conley

REPENT: The Second Step in Effective Prayer

Yesterday we began to look at what makes for effective prayer by using the acronym P-R-A-Y.  The first step is praise.  Today, I want to focus on the second letter of our acronym, "R", which stands for repent.

By repentance in prayer, I mean taking the time before God to search your heart and repent of anything that has come between you and Him.  Psalm 19:12-13 expresses it well,

Who can understand his errors?  Cleanse me from secret faults.  Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me.  Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.

Verse 12 begins with the question, "Who can understand his errors?"  The psalmist is telling us, "You will not always know when you do something wrong.  You will not always know when you get into an area that is not right."

What David is pointing to are the secret faults and presumptuous sins which can still have dominion over you—even though you may not be aware that what you did was wrong.

For example, sometimes we can allow attitudes to get into our hearts that we don't realize are inconsistent with God's character.  Or sometimes we can do and say things that are detrimental, not only to us, but to others, and not really understand the damage we have done.

How do you deal with these sins?  You come before God and say, "God, put the spotlight on anything in my life that has raised a barrier between You and me, and I will repent of it." 

So when you pray, ask God to reveal any sin in your life you may be overlooking.  God will honor your heart of repentance.


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"For years I struggled while searching for answers,” says Bayless. “I never forget where I came from, nor how broken and hurting I was before a simple, clear Gospel message changed my life. That’s why I strive to make the message of Christ understandable and relevant to the everyday lives of people. Even as a young Christian, I was still so filled with questions. I saw a guy in the park one day, and he had a sticker on his guitar case. It said ‘Answers—they are in the Bible.' I was so struck by that. It’s where the name for our broadcast came from, because the answers to life will only be found in the Bible."

 

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Bayless Conley is a church leader and speaker known for his clear presentation of the Bible message and the way he applies it to everyday life.

Bayless grew up in Southern California where, during his teenage years, he became involved in a lifestyle of drug and alcohol abuse.  After years of searching for truth, and a number of near-death experiences, he found answers and freedom in Jesus when a 12-year-old boy shared God's message of hope with him in a park one day.

Bayless' unique background and remarkable story have enabled him to reach a diverse audience globally.

Bayless and his wife, Janet, are the parents of three grown children, and enthusiastic grandparents of three. Together they lead Cottonwood Church in Orange County, California, and passionately pursue life, God, and family.

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