10 DAYS OF PRAYER: Day 6: Tuesday, May 6: Preparing to repent.

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Lord Jesus Christ, You began your ministry with these words: “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!”

Then You commanded us to go and preach repentance and forgiveness of sins.

If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, because You have shed your blood to pay for our sins.

What You require of us is repentant hearts, that we will not merely rend our garments as an outward sign of repentance, but that we will rend our hearts.

Lord, break our hardened hearts with godly sorrow over the shallowness and superficiality of our spiritual walk with You.

Let us see the poverty of our spirits and our need for a deep inner transformation of our hearts.

Confront us with your holiness, your purity and your infinite and tender love and kindness.

Your kindness leads us to repentance.

Allow us to enter into your awesome presence and there be broken so that we can receive your love and forgiveness anew.

Give us the desire to live a life free of sin, free of evil and free of fleshly ways, and give us a deep hunger for holiness and purity.

As we lift our hearts to You, fill us with faith and expectancy that You will create in us a clean heart and a steadfast spirit, o faithful God.