Prayer and Renewal

Charlie Contreras

Read: Titus 3:3-7

He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. (v. 5 NIV)


I attended a prayer meeting with a friend who was struggling with addiction. My friend went forward for prayer and I stayed in my seat and began to think judgmental thoughts. I thought, “I can’t believe he is going forward to ask for forgiveness, and he will probably go out and commit the same sins again.”

Suddenly, I felt God telling me: “I am thankful that your friend comes forward and confesses his sin to me. Your friend understands my mercy in a way that you are not willing to embrace. Your friend has committed many sins in his body, but you have committed many sins in your heart, and my grace and mercy are sufficient for both of you.” I was powerfully reminded that I can come into the presence of God with a broken spirit and a contrite heart (Ps. 51:17). Then I went forward and confessed my pride and judgmental heart to the Lord.

Can your heart wander from the truth of the gospel? Is there a part of you that still tries to rely on self-righteous works to make you right with God? Today’s Scripture passage reminds us that our salvation is through Christ alone, and we are restored to God through the power of the Holy Spirit. —Charlie Contreras

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for saving me, not by my works, but by your great mercy. Amen.