We come to you acknowledging the poverty of our spirits. We recognize and confess that we have not loved you or obeyed you as we ought. We have been slow of heart and lukewarm in our devotion.
Indeed, O God, our failures are manifold. Yet, we come to you acknowledging the root and cause of it all. It has been our failure to believe in you and love you with all of our heart.
Since you have not been the delight of our life and treasured above all things, we have lingered long in sin, and we have retreated from the fight against temptation.
Father, your word speaks clearly as to our duty. We are to mortify our sin; we are to gouge it out; we are to wage war against the flesh; we are to flee that which is evil and pursue that which is good; are to hate it and sorrow over it.
Yet we have not.
We have been quick to regard the sin of others, and make much of how detestable it is. Yet our own shortcomings have been slighted and treated with little concern. We have neglected them, excused them, justified and overlooked them.
Yes, it is true, we have played the Pharisee, and we have played it well.
But we come to you now, o God, admitting that we have not been filled with that holy zeal; nor have we been jealous for your honor.
Father, we pray that you would forgive us for not having that burning love. And we pray that you would render to us the saving mercies and precious blood of Calvary’s cross.
We know that the only remedy for our condition is the balm of Christ, whose heart ever burned strong for you and whose sacrifice has been made on our behalf.
And it is in his name and for his sake we pray.
Assurance of Pardon:
“This is a trustworthy saying, worthy of all acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst.”
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