Our greatest need is a relationship with Jesus Christ. Sin is what keeps us from that relationship. Even for the believer who has stepped into a relationship with Christ, sin can become a barrier in that relationship. King David—who was called a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22)—sinned but he modeled for us what it means to come to God in confession and repentance.
Jesus taught His disciples how to pray using what we call the Model Prayer. He instructed them how to ask the Father to forgive and protect them. Psalm 51 serves as a fitting example of a prayer for forgiveness and restoration. King David wrote the psalm after Nathan confronted him about his sin (2 Samuel 11–12). In the psalm, David described his willingness to confess his sin and seek God’s forgiveness. He also prayed for spiritual renewal and restoration.