This is a prayer that stems from meditation on sin, sinfulness, and salvation.

“Utter Need”

Patient Lord,

We come before You in utter need.

Our lives are continually broken and shameful,

And we would but repent,

Yet we enjoy our revelry all too much.

We come before You in utter need,

For we are so sinful that we cannot but sin

Unless we have Your guiding Spirit

Who is ever ready to help our weakness.

We come before You in utter need,

Because our very fiber is infected.

Our every motive and desire is sinful;

And even our good curves back into self.

We come before You in utter need,

For we know that You will respond.

Your gracious love and mercy is what we desire,

Though our sin deserves condemnation and pain.

We come before You in utter need,

Utter need for complete remorse.

Thank You for meeting the need,

And knowing no sin.

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