Grieve Over Sin
by Ricky Lee (Pastor, First Baptist, Sherwood, AR)
Many years ago, my family made a trip to Mexico. We entered an ornately decorated cathedral. As we came out, we saw a young man sitting in the center of the walkway. He was blind. He had no shirt or shoes. He simply sat in the open sun, holding a tin cup and mumbling for help. It was a terrible sight that stuck vividly in my mind. He was totally dependent on what others did for him.
One of the basic meanings of the word “prayer” is to beg. To pray, we must understand that, in a real sense, we are just as helpless before God as the beggar is before men.
We must come before God’s throne as a humble beggar, pleading for His help. To be humble is to recognize our unworthiness before a holy God. The humble servant seeks forgiveness.
For this is what the high and lofty One says– he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Isaiah 57:15 (NIV)
Who does the Lord promise to revive? The humble one filled with sorrow for sin. Prayer begins with humble confession.
Father, only You can search me. Show me every hindrance to intimacy with You. I want to come to you with honest lips and a broken heart – cleanse me and renew me for Your service.