“As for me, I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me;
Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.””
“For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;
You are not pleased with burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
“Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
1 John 1:5-10
“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”
“For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.”
I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.”
A sinner’s prayer.
Give to me a broken, and contrite heart O Lord.
Other sins, I have confessed,
And you have granted me repentance.
I have bee set free from the desire to do them.
They have become like vile disgusting things to me.
Lord, the besetting sin, has the aroma of death,
And the appearance of fullness, and beauty.
But I am seemingly unable to resist it.
It’s appeal is sweet, a lure, to bring me down into the depths of the grave.
Like Paul, Lord I have asked you to remove this messenger of satan, the accuser,
This thief of assurance who causes me to doubt.
Lord, I am weak, and in my weakness, I am strong.
I am strengthened by what is true of you.
In Christ there is no more condemnation.
In Christ we are complete, and holy.
In Christ we are seated in the heavenlies,
Joint heirs with Jesus, our Lord, and brother.
I confess Lord my sins, yes even my secret sins,
Yes even the besetting sins, that torment me day, and night.
I know that you will forgive me, and in my disgusting state,
You will use me for your glory. You cleanse me, and make me fit.
Lord I pray, please do not turn your face from me.
You are merciful, patient, and loving.
Forgive me, not on the the quality of my repentance of sin,
Or my want of love for Christ,
But on the basis of What you did on the cross.
Make me to trust in your justifying work alone,
And not in any vain effort of my undertaking.
Lord let me pass through this life, and death,
Into Your eternal, and unseen presence.
O my redeemer lives, and has redeemed me.
My final breath in this life, will be my first in eternity.
Make me obedient to You in my thoughts, and deeds.
I give my self as praise, and gratitude, to You O Lord,
Master of all, Creator, and God.
I am Yours Lord, Save me, Amen.