Men always ought to pray and not lose heart.
Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, “Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him”; and he will answer from within and say, “Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you”? I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. § [Pray] always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
“I will not let You go unless You bless me!” . . . “You have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” § Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. [Jesus] went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Luke 18:1; 11:5–8; Eph. 6:18; Gen. 32:26, 28; Col. 4:2; Luke 6:12
Forgive all my sins.
Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you. § I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.
The Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins. § In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. § Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior. § He has … forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us … He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, . . . who forgives all your iniquities.
Ps. 25:18; Isa. 1:18; Matt. 9:2; Isa. 43:25; Matt. 9:6;
Eph. 1:7; Titus 3:5–6; Col. 2:13–14; Ps. 103:2–3