Just in case you need a little gospel-balm for your sick and sinful soul…
I know, not a nice intro to a post – but then again, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners”(Mark 2:17).
Below is a historic prayer of confession that this morning enabled me to experience the steady hand of my Soul-Physician. Sometimes old-school is soothing and powerful in a way that the here and now can’t muster.
O, I post this prayer of confession not because I think you are necessarily going through specific and visible sin-weakness struggles that warrant repentence… I post this confession because I KNOW you are. Aren’t we all broken and daily in need of a gospel righteousness to heal our sinful weak selves?
Take some time away. Repent. Pray. And feel the eternal healing of the righteousness from God through Christ himself.
Forgive my sins, O Lord – forgive me the sins of my present and the sins of my past, the sins of my soul and the sins of my body; the sins which I have done to please myself, and the sins which I have done to please others. Forgive me my wanton and idle sins, forgive me my serious and deliberate sins, forgive me those sins which I know and those sins which I know not, the sins which I have labored so hard to hide from others that I have hid them from my own memory. Forgive them, O Lord, forgive them all. Of thy great mercy let me be absolved, and of Thy bountiful goodness let me be delivered from the bonds of all that by my fraily I have committed. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Now re-pray it and consider the depth of the weakness that would destroy us save the mercy of God!