“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not the Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with a free Spirit.” (Psalm 51:10-12)
Sometimes, when we go through trials, we’re not sure how to pray. It’s even harder when we’ve added our own sin to the trial, and we don’t feel as though God wants to hear us. But God does want to hear us. If we’re not sure what to say, we can get help from prayers like David’s in Psalm 51, or from prayers of other people, like the one below.
I so desire to have a clean heart before You! I don’t want sinful desires, wickedness, bitterness, or anger to keep me from You. Forgive me for sinning against you with my spirit, my actions, and my words. Please help me to retain the joy, happiness, and peace that You have given to me throughout this trial. Because of the pain, it is hard, Lord, to smile. It is hard to keep myself from bitterness and anger.
O Father, I cannot do any of this in my own power. My flesh is weak and I easily become bitter. I can only have a clean heart in your strength and power. Give me the strength, wisdom, and power to turn this situation over to You completely. Allow my spirit, actions, and attitudes to reflect you.
For Your Glory and Honor Forever! In Jesus’ name,
God will clean our hearts and give us grace in response to our prayers.
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