Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 11p

O merciful heart of God, I open my heart to you in true sorrow and regret. Let me keep nothing hidden from you while I pray. Let me courageously speak the truth about myself in your presence, though it is humbling to do so. What I was not ashamed to commit, let me not be ashamed to confess.
In Your wisdom use this pain of confession as a means to make me repent from the sins confessed:
I confess to the sin of laziness.
I confess to the sin of vanity.
I confess to indulgence of the flesh.
I confess to the habit of falsehood.
I confess to dishonesty.
I confess to unkind words.
I confess to having entertained sinful thoughts.
I confess to taking wrong directions my life.
I confess to lapsing from faithful spiritual practices.
O Lord whose love can burn in one’s heart, destroying all that is shameful and evil, let me now seek to imitate Your perfect righteousness and make it my own. Blot out all my transgressions and let my sins be covered. Let me feel your hand upon my life, cleansing me from the stain of past misdeeds, loosing me from the grip of evil habits, strengthening me in new habits of integrity, and guiding my footsteps in the way of eternal life. Lead me on your path, O God, away from sin. Fill my life with purpose to satisfy a vision of pure hope. And let Jesus Christ be formed in my heart through faith. All this I ask for His holy name's sake. Amen.

Paraphrase of A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie ©1949 Charles Scribner's Sons