A Prayer Of Repentance

Lord, today I want to remove a debt from the inventory of my life. Specifically, it relates to our relationship in this most recent period of my life—it could be one day, a week, a month, maybe a whole year. The time doesn’t matter.

Most importantly, I want to deepen my relationship with You and re-enter the path you have prepared for me. I long so much for oneness with You and to be always immersed in Your grace.

King David said:

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.”

Psalm 1:1-2

These words often encourage me to come to You and reflect on my ways and actions. You know that I am humanly weak and often inexperienced in fighting temptation. When I feel defeated and separated from you, it fills me with guilt and shame, and makes me want to hide from You just as Adam and Eve did (Genesis 3:1-13).

Lord, please give me the courage to open myself to Your grace and mercy. I regret any actions, thoughts, and words where I sinned against You, hurt other people, and did not accept myself. Lord, I repent of every missed opportunity when I refused to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, knowingly or unknowingly.

Jesus, forgive me for all the moments when I trusted the whisperer of lies more than Your Word. I regret every act of abandonment and missed opportunities when I could have done good for myself or others. Let no such slip-ups or diversions distract me from the fact that Your grace can raise me to my feet again and let me continue on my path with You. 

You say:

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

The letter to the Hebrews says:

“Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. ‘Make level paths for your feet,’ so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.”

Hebrews 12:12-13

Jesus, Your grace is above every trial, every lie, every trap, and every sin. Come, Holy Spirit, come and enlighten my darkness so that I may see my life through Your eyes. You free me from all sin and guide me safely in times of temptation. Give me steadfastness.

Lord, I know that Your covenant and faithfulness are eternal. You first called me into this relationship with You—as a child and heir, as Your disciple, and as the executor of Your inspirations. I thank You for all that You give me every moment. 

Give me all the graces to look inside myself and allow the Holy Spirit to transform me according to God’s inspiration and image. Lord, thank You for keeping your promise:

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Colossians 1:13-14

What’s more, You surprise me again and again with joy, which fills me when I admit all my weaknesses before You. Your peace and tenderness completely overwhelm me:

Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:7-8


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