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Bold Prayers: Settling Our Regrets and Living in Absolution

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There's often a difference between receiving the all-sufficient grace granted to us through faith in Christ and living fully, deeply immersed in that grace. Sadly, many of us live consumed with guilt. And, because we live in a punitive culture where we're accustomed to getting called out and punished for our mistakes–and, potentially, seeing them blasted across social media–we can approach our relationship with God with that same mindset. That is why practicing confession can be so freeing. In naming our sins, big and small, and asking for forgiveness (which we've already received), we are also learning to practice what Jennifer refers to as a perpetual "clean-slate" existence. In this episode, hosts Jennifer Slattery and Carol McCracken launch a 5-part series on bold prayers with a discussion of words uttered by ancient Isreal's 2nd king, a man God referred to as someone after His own heart. (Scroll down for discussion/reflective questions.)

(Bible passage discussed: Psalm 19)

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Discussion/reflective questions:

  1. What resonated with you most in this episode?
  2. Why might it be helpful to begin one's prayers proclaiming the power, vastness, and goodness of God?
  3. What thoughts or emotions typical arise when you think of the spiritual practice of confession?
  4. Why is it important to remain cognizant of God's abundant grace while practicing confession?
  5. How can practicing confession help us experience God's grace on a deeper level? (Not earn it, but experience what He's already given us.)
  6. How might practicing confession help one live with more self-awareness?
  7. What is one action step God might be inviting you to take, having listened to this episode?

 

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