Food is only part of what we need. (See yesterday’s blog) “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” A full stomach with an empty heart is not the LIFE that God intends. We need God’s voice! So Jesus tells us to ask for forgiveness–to deal honestly with our sins so that we can recover our “ears” for His truth. Some Christians believe this prayer for forgiveness is unneccessary. The cross has taken our sin away. I believe that real righteousness deals daily and honestly with the sins that divide us from our fellowship with God. If “His mercies are new every morning”, doesn’t it make sense that we would experience them daily? Of course, a request for forgiveness obligates us to give the same grace to others. With forgiveness we also find freedom from resentment and pride. It is something we need every day.