Many feel guilty when they pray because they are truly guilty. The difference between an accusation of Satan and conviction from the Holy Spirit is this: Satan’s accusation is general, thus repentance is impossible. The Holy Spirit’s conviction is specific and leads to repentance. Confession of sin is not morbid self-introspection. Confession of sin is the result of the light of God shining in our hearts. He knows our ways. He leads us down the path of repentance into forgiveness. The great English preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon said, “Repentance and forgiveness are riveted together by the eternal purpose of God. . . In the very nature of things, if we believe in the holiness of God it must be that if we continue in our sin and will not repent of it, we cannot be forgiven but must reap the consequences of our obstinacy.”
When there is sincere confession and true repentance, there will be a release of the rivers of grace upon the soul. As the soul of a man is flooded with divine grace, a new confidence begins to swell in his heart. There is a new boldness to approach God. He is clean and pure. And the pure in heart are blessed because they shall see God.
Prayer reaches a high level of intimacy. Love and gratitude flow from the heart that has been graced by God. The burden is lifted, and a quiet “hallelujah” is lifted from the lips of the person who walks and lives in the forgiveness of God.
Heavenly Father, You created me for a purpose, and my heart’s desire is to fulfill what You have called me to do. I struggle with being pulled in many directions because of all the needs around me, and can easily be caught up in busyness or distractions! Don’t let me be deluded by the comfortable, or satisfied with less than Your best! Draw my heart into the depths of the kingdom of now for the sake of the kingdom to come. May I bring You honor and glory in the midst of what You have entrusted to me!
Praise the Lord, the source of all song, and make music to his name. Thank God for his love in the morning and for his faithfulness at night (Ps. 92:1-2). Confess that you sometimes sing by rote. Commit yourself to focusing on what you sing. Ask to feel God’s presence through music today.
Pray that through the music, message, prayers, and sacraments, your congregation will feel one in body and spirit (Eph. 4:3-4) as it gathers to worship.
“We must try to converse with God in little ways while we do our work; not in memorized prayer, not trying to recite previously formed thoughts. Rather, we should purely and simply reveal our hearts as the words come to us.” —Brother Lawrence
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