Friday, May 20, 2011

Confession of Sin

Almighty and Changeless Father,
Under the conviction of your Spirit we learn that the more we do, the worse we are; the more we know, the greater our foolishness becomes obvious, the more holiness we have, the more sinful we are revealed to be, the more we love, the more we love the wrong things. How little we love your truth and your ways! We neglect prayer by thinking we have prayed enough, by being proud that we have done only what we should have done, and needed to do. Grant that we might not be evangelical hypocrites, who sin in safety because grace abounds, who tell our lusts that Christ's blood permits them, who have no fear of God because of our salvation, who love evangelical preaching, churches, and Christians but who hate holiness. We are like buckets without bottoms, with no means to hold understanding of spiritual things, always learning at the gospel-well, but never holding water. Our consciences are without conviction, with nothing to repent of. Our wills are without power of decision or resolution. Our hearts are without affection. Give us broken hearts, that they might be filled with the water of grace, and the glory of our Redeemer.

-Arthur Bennett

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