Archive of ‘Prayer’ category

Finding Forgiveness from Sexual Sin

Finding Forgiveness from Sexual Sin It’s easy to be angry at the people we sin sexually with. It is easy to blame them. We might think, ‘they pushed me further than I would have gone.’ This might be true, but we still are at fault. Our sexual sins hurt God, hurt ourselves, and they hurt others. We must come to God in prayer asking Him for forgiveness. (more…)

When You Can’t Imagine a Life Without Pain

When You Can’t Imagine a Life Without Pain We can’t imagine a life without sin, pain, shame, death, loss, grief, tears, etc. The list can go on and on. Our only experience with life is living in a sin cursed world. We’ve never known a life without these things, yet God promises that one day we can experience a new life if we trust in Jesus.

As the news unfolds of tragedy after tragedy, how do we believers hold on to this promise? (more…)

Why do I feel shame when I pray on my knees?

Why do I feel shame when I pray on my knees_ When I think about praying on my knees, I don’t think about giving God glory. Instead, painful images of my past fill my mind. Intense feelings of shame and brokenness flood my heart as I think back to those days when I cared more about being loved by a guy than desiring the love of my heavenly Father. Those moments defined me, gave me power and created a hole in my heart that longed to be filled.

Two weeks ago, I started a journey of praying daily on my knees with my new friend from seminary, Ashley. During the process, I felt uncomfortable kneeling down before God, but it was not until I read this blog post by Ashley that I began to understand my feelings.

If you have experienced shame from a past of sexual sin, I pray that you would begin to experience the redeeming power of Christ. Join me and Ashley on the journey to healing as we pray on our knees.

xoxo Joy


I’m not going to lie. Hillsong sang that I would touch the sky when my knees hit the ground. I rolled the dice to pick my spiritual discipline I would dabble in for a week: Prayer.

So my knees hit the ground. And I waited. And I expected to touch the sky.

After all, prayer – especially on my knees – is holy. A quick and easy way to fall at the feet of Jesus. But I can’t lie about this one either… (more…)

Prayer of Forgiveness

My roommate caught me red handed. I had lied to her face, and now I was plagued by guilt. I apologized and she forgave me, but I still felt blah. I needed to ask God for his forgiveness, but I didn’t know what to say to him. I turned to the Bible and found this passage in Psalms. David wrote this right after Nathan confronted him about his affair with Bathsheba. Imagine how David felt in this moment. Probably way worse than I felt. I bet he felt guilty, shameful, sad, angry, frustrated, and many other emotions. Have you experienced these emotions after getting caught in a sin?

In this psalm, David pours his heart out. It is beautifully written and a perfect prayer of forgiveness. When we sin, we turn away from God. We need to ask God for forgiveness. Thank goodness we worship a God who does forgive. Once we make the decision to give God our life, God looks at us and sees Jesus. Our sins have been wiped clean, and we become white as snow.

I want you to experience this freedom. I want you to be free of guilt and shame and experience God’s forgiveness.

Pray through this passage and ask God to forgive you. Confessing sin and asking for forgiveness is not a one time action, but a daily re-occurrence. That is something I have to continually remind myself. You can use this passage as a guide.

Psalm 51:1-12

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

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