“Even when we displease our heavenly Father, we are still His child. But just as an earthly father may withhold privileges from a stubborn son, so too our heavenly Father may withhold answers to our prayers until we repent—not out of spite, but in hopes that we will learn our lesson.
John tells us that God is faithful to forgive when we confess our sins (see 1 John 1:9). But confessing means more than admitting you did wrong. It means putting your repentance into action, like my son did that day. He was willing to please his earthly father by going the extra mile. He wanted to demonstrate his change of heart. I would have forgiven him anyway—just as the Father’s forgiveness does not depend on our good works—but my son’s actions showed his sincere repentance.
The Lord wants to give you good things—perhaps something even better than His car. But if you persist in unrepentance, He may withhold those blessings. Pray, “Forgive us our debts,” today and then put your repentance into action.”
Excerpt From: Elmer L. Towns. “Fasting with the Lord’s Prayer.”
Scripture Reading: Luke 17:1-19
Memory Verse: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer” (ps. 19:14, NKJV)