A Pastor's Lent Prayer

"What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?" (Romans 7:24)

Bowing my head to the ground, pounding my chest in confession, “I am nothing but a sinner!”

I say money can't buy happiness and yet worry about money all the time.
Where is the action of faith on "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these shall be added unto you?"
I say "Thank you" whenever people praise me for something I did.
Where is the hesitation due to the realization that it isn't my place to be praised?
I say "Thank God that I am able to help others" as I give a little to the needy.
Where is the feeling of guilt due to not to be able to give more?
I say I need food, rest, and medicine when I get a little hungry, tired, or sick.
Where is the sympathy for the people dying of starvation, oppression, and incurable diseases all over the world?

I am a helpless sinner.

I thought I trashed my lust after riches.
I thought I overcame the temptation of fame.
I thought I turned around and put my back against the world, marching toward the cross.
I thought I made the sacrifice of myself, living for God's glory and my neighbors.

And yet, I did all these in my self-righteousness.
I am, still, a sinner.

Father I stretch my hands to Thee, No other help I know
If Thou withdraw Thyself from me, Ah! where shall I go?
I do believe, I now believe, That Jesus died for me
And that He shed His precious blood, From sin to set me free. Amen.

(Hymn by Charles Wesley)

Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Y. Lee is the senior pastor of Hana Christian Center, located in Los Angeles, CA.

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