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Dengerous Prayers: Cleanse Me

February 23, 2020

Psalm 51:10

Who is the hardest person for you to forgive? 

Is it hard to forgive yourself when you mess up? Why?

As you read through 2 Samuel 12-13, notice the progression of David’s sins. How did it start? 

Do you think Bathsheba had a choice in this? Was she raped?

What stands out to you about Uriah? It seems unfair this man would have to die because of David’s sin. How have you seen your sin affect other people?

How many people were affected by David’s sins?

As you read Psalm 51, which verses stand out to you? 

Eugene Peterson says, "David didn't feel like a sinner when he sent for Bathsheba; he felt like a lover—and what can be better than that? David didn't feel like a sinner when he sent for Uriah; he felt like a king—and what can be better than that?"

Can you relate to this quote? Why is it hard for us to see our mess?

Psalm 51:10 NLT

Create in me a clean heart, O God.

    Renew a loyal spirit within me.

What is David talking about when he says “heart” here?

There many passages that talk about the heart in the Bible. A few here are listed.

Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

Guard your heart above all else,

    for it determines the course of your life.

Matthew 12:34 (NLT)

 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.

Genesis 6:5 (ESV)

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Jeremiah 17:9 ESV

The heart is deceitful above all things,

    and desperately sick;

    who can understand it?

What is a negative influence that is trying to invade your heart?  Can you tell when your heart is off track?

Why is praying “Create in me a clean heart” a dangerous prayer? Why would it make some people uncomfortable?

Why is it we struggle with wanting to fix other people and not ourselves?

How did God show David grace?

Have you embraced God’s grace? If so, how?


Read through 2 Samuel 11-12 and Psalm 51. What is God revealing to you?

Do you have anything to forgive yourself for? Or is there any shame you are holding on to that needs to be released?

Find a trusted person that you can talk to about your sin this month.