Day Seven - 40 Day Prayer Pledge
Posted on March 03 2020
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the Law of Moses. When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:16-22
Sin is wrong not just because God says so, but because it damages our soul, other people, and the world around us. Following God’s ways instead of self-centered ways leads, in the long run, to the happiness and spiritual maturity we really desire. Do I tell God every day that I am sorry for my sins? How often do I ask Him to help me battle temptation? How deeply do I desire the “fruits of the Spirit” mentioned by St. Paul in the passage above? Read the passage again, slowly, maybe out loud; let it feed your desire to follow the Holy Spirit in your life and, little by little, be purified from all self-centeredness.
(Make the Sign of the Cross)
A Prayer of Repentance
Have mercy on me, Oh God, in your faithful love,
In your great tenderness wipe away my offenses;
Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
For I am well aware of my offenses,
My sin is constantly in mind.
Against you, you alone have I sinned,
I have done what you see to be wrong.
God, create in me a clean heart,
Renew within me a resolute spirit,
Do not thrust me away from your presence,
Do not take away from me your spirit of holiness.
Give me back the joy of your salvation,
Sustain in me a generous spirit,
I shall teach the wicked your paths,
And sinners will return to you.