Father forgive them for they know not what they do.

John 20:21-23

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Sometimes when we are praying the Holy Spirit directs us to pray for a “need” that He reveals.  Many times we are not aware of the need, but when He reveals it; it usually means He wants some action taken.  Those actions can vary.  When the Lord “apprehends” us with a need, it usually means He has an action He would like us to take.  The actions can vary, sometimes it means giving money, time, etc.  This week He “apprehended” me with a “different” action.  

He brought to mind that in this person’s past there was an error in regards to a major life decision.  Most of the time we are successful in hearing the Lord’s direction on “majors”, and we struggle finding His direction on “minors”.  In this case He revealed that there had been an error in regards to a major decision and He wanted the disobedience (sin) forgiven.  This was a different concept…When we “sin”, we make ourselves vulnerable in the court of heaven.  We are “guilty” and as such the “judge” passes judgement. This can result in our life’s direction being “off”.  I know Jesus forgives all our sins, but what about a sin that for whatever reason was “knowingly” committed after we have asked Jesus into our hearts?  Can we sin and still live in all the blessings the Lord has for us.  When your child sins, do you still bless to the fullest?  Or does the full blessing come when they repent?

The prodigal son lived with his consequences - ate with the pigs, until he humbly returned to his father.  Is that the same with us?  Can we make major errors in direction and still walk in the fullest of blessings or do we need to be forgiven before we can enjoy to the fullest.  We know Jesus will forgive if we ask.  But what if we ask on another’s behalf?  Job asked for his children.

Job 1:5

When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.

 Jesus prayed - Father forgive them for they know not what they do.

Luke 23:34

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Luke 7:48

Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

Mark 2:5

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

 And Jesus said, If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. 

John 20:21-23

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

In this case, when praying; their sins were confessed and then the Blood of Jesus applied for forgiveness.  It is like we confess their sins and remit them.  That is the office of a priest.  The Catholic priest exercises Confession and Forgiveness of sins.  We know as we confess our sins, He forgives us.  We watched the movie “Father Stu” ( pluses and minuses - too much swearing); but the confession and remittance of sins was powerful.  We confess our sins to God and He forgives us, but there is a place where we confess to others - sometimes in counseling, etc.

Revelation 5:10

You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

But Jesus said if you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven.  We stand in the gap and confess their sins.  “Father, this person has sinned and I ask on their behalf that the Blood of Jesus would cover and wash away their sin.”  In the court of heaven their sins are forgiven.  

I know that there was a time when the Lord revealed to me what to do and I “altered” the request…  Things went wrong and I remember sliding on my knees to pray - saying i am wrong, forgive me - what can be done to make it right.  New direction came, but with it were consequences…

Also, there are times when we are treated unjustly and we need to bless the perpetrator, (blessing sounds like forgiving….)

Elaine Cook wrote in “THE PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER (kingdomgospel.net)

We who are born from above are "also as living stones built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." We are a part of the royal priesthood of all believers. We can give Jesus His place within us as the Priest, Melchisedec, and let Him pray through us and move through us in whatever way pleases Him. We give Him His rightful place as King and Priest over His "kingdom of priests".