PROBE IT! We must forgive to be forgiven. Mark 11:25 [NLT] But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.
Note: You might not be able to answer every S.P.A.C.E.P.E.T.S. question. Don’t force it. If you can’t think of an answer, just move on.
S – Is there a SIN to confess?
P – Is there a PROMISE to claim?
A – Is there an ATTITUDE to chance?
C – Is there a COMMAND to obey?
E – Is there an EXAMPLE to follow?
P – Is there a PRAYER to pray?
E – Is there an ERROR to avoid?
T – Is there a TRUTH to obey?
S – Is there SOMETHING to praise God about?
SIN TO CONFESS: My sin is in the “but when” – I just don’t have conversations with God enough. It’s like prayer is an after thought. You’d think that by now it my walk it would be a default.
PROMISE TO CLAIM: The promise is in the “so that” – forgive to be forgiven
ATTITUDE TO CHANGE: Pray more!
COMMAND TO OBEY: Don’t hold a grudge
EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW: Time spent: Pray!
PRAYER TO PRAY: Holy Spirit help me recognize your presence throughout the day, teach me to pray.
ERROR TO AVOID: Holding a grudge
TRUTH TO OBEY: Forgive
SOMETHING TO PRAISE GOD ABOUT: That He is there to hear my prayers.
APPLY IT! How does this passage apply to your life and what will you do about it?
For me it’s a reminder to pray more often and a reminder to do so with a right attitude. Forgiving others, because I’ve been forgiven.
My prayer is that I’d pray more often, that I’d come to you throughout the day. I pray that I’d come with the right heart and a contrite spirit. My prayer is that we’d get beyond pillow talk.