Psalm 51:17 – The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Lord God, as I read through the prophecy of John and of Micah I notice a sad refrain. As often as you came to the people, as often as you disciplined them, as often as you preached to them, they did not repent. It shows up again and again on the pages of Scripture. Lord God, my prayer is two-fold. First, as your servant, make me bold to be a preacher of righteousness like Noah was in this wicked and evil age. Give me a forehead of bronze to call out sin, to call for repentance, and to call for faith. But, more importantly than all this, Lord God, I need your Spirit to break my heart and to lead me to repentance. It is too easy to grow hard to the rebuke from others about sin. It is easy to excuse and rationalize. It is way to easy. Lord God, keep my heart soft and broken to hear your rebuke and to receive your discipline. Lead me to repent of my sin, all of it. Show me the sin in my blind spots. Uncover them all to me, Lord, that I may be healed. Amen.