The kind of sincere prayer that will honor God and get you moving in the right direction to live with Him as LORD of your life is something like this:
You alone are my Lord and my God. I have sinned against You. I confess all of these sins (here are some examples):
- the idol of trying to be in control of others
- PRIDE – thinking I am always right and I know better than anyone else and that I know better than You do
- a judgmental and critical spirit
- rebellion against God’s Word and commands
- disrespect for others
- contempt towards others
- brazen disregard for Your commands to me
- justifying my sin and disrespect because of another’s sin against me
- thinking self-righteously that I am so much better than someone else
- thinking that I am somehow exempt from Your commands (ie: to forgive and to repay evil with good, and to be humble, etc.) and that I know better than You do
- making an idol out of a man/marriage/a relationship and expecting to find all of my happiness in him and making him totally responsible for my happiness instead of finding my identity and joy in Christ alone
- making idols from food, being thin, beauty, money, success, health, having children, being married, having a nice home and expensive things, ANYTHING that I have put ahead of You in my heart
- rushing ahead and trying to lead my own life and not wait on You and Your will and Your timing
- ignoring and rebelling against God-given authority that You have placed over my life
- hatred towards others in my life
I have missed the mark of Your standard of holiness and perfection by miles.
I am truly a wretched sinner. There is no good in me on my own. Isaiah declares that You say that my own attempts at being good are like “filthy, bloody menstrual rags” in Your holy sight. I mourn deeply over my sins. I know I have grieved Your heart. Help me to be broken and humble before You and to see my sin the way that You do.
Thank You for Your blood – spilled for me – and for the way You willingly paid the debt of sin I owed. I don’t just owe you a few hundred or a few thousand “sin dollars”, I owe You BILLIONS – and I can never repay You. THANK YOU for Your death for me. Thank You for removing my sins as far from me as the East is from the West. What JOY is mine to think of the weight and stain of my awful sin being completely removed by Your incredible power! You didn’t have to do that for me. But Your love for me is so unfathomable, that You were willing to die in my place to give me the chance to accept the gift of having a relationship with You forever.
I don’t want to live in sin anymore. I want to honor and obey You. I am turning today from my ways and my wickedness and turning to You!
I lay down all that I am before You. Here is my heart, my soul, my life, my relationships, my future marriage, my future children, my career, my health, my body, my money, my trust, my plans, my dreams, my desires, my pain, my wisdom, my entire life. I give it all to You. I hold nothing back. From this day forward, I want to learn to honor and please You. I want to know You more. I want to know the depth, height and width of Your amazing love for me. I want to know Your Word. I want to LIVE it. I don’t want to disobey You and sin against You anymore.
I lay my life on the altar as a living sacrifice to You. This life I live I want to live for You every moment. And I pick up my cross and follow You. I know that following You will mean sacrificing what I want and what I think is best. But I want YOUR will, not mine anymore. Even though I don’t know all the details of what Your will might mean – I want Your full, total will for my life and I want You to bring great glory to Yourself through me however You see fit.
I embrace Your wisdom, Your Word, Your ways, Your thoughts, Your paths, Your commands, Your presence, Your Spirit. Cleanse me from my filthy sins with Your powerful blood and fill me completely with Your Spirit – empower me to be the wife, the woman, the mother that You desire me to be.
I want YOU more than ANYTHING in the world. I set You firmly on the throne in my heart and set my heart on Christ alone.
Convict me of hidden sins. Cleanse me completely. Help me to see and tear down all the idols and pride that offend You so deeply and let me begin to have a new life in You. Renew my heart and mind by Your Word. Transform me to be more and more like Christ.
I will look to You to meet my needs for feeling loved, accepted, valuable, and precious. I will find my joy and strength and identity solely in You from now on.
I trust YOU to handle my boyfriend/fiance, his sin and his spiritual growth as a man, as a believer, as a future husband, as a godly leader and as a future father, possibly. I will not interfere with what You want to do with him anymore. I will support You and be Your partner and do things Your way.
I want to obey Your commands for me – even when I don’t agree with them, even when they don’t make sense to me, even when what You ask me to do ”feels wrong,” even if other people in my life NEVER change. I want to obey You because I love You and want to honor You with my whole life. And I want to stand before You in heaven when this life is over and hear You say, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.” I know that I will be judged for my own sins and for my own obedience to God’s Word regardless of what others do or don’t do.
I want to repay evil with good in all of my relationships. Empower me to respond without sin when others sin against me. Let me keep my eyes on You. Empower me to be full of Your love, joy, peace, patience
, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. I can’t do this in my own strength! I need You, Jesus!
Help me to abide in You daily. Help me to manage my time wisely and to make time for You and Your Word and prayer and praise music. Fill my heart with Your songs of joy. Open my eyes to all that You want me to learn each day.
I PRAISE You and THANK You for all You have done for me and all You are going to do! Thank You for setting me free from my sin, worry, fear and misery! I trust You completely, Jesus! You alone are my Lord and my God.
I will wait on You – no matter how long it takes. I won’t run ahead of You. I trust that You are truly big enough to lead me and I can’t wait to see all that You have in store for my life!
In the Name and power of Christ,