How many times have I fed on ashes instead of feasting on the word? How many times has my deluded heart misled me?
Lord, I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate, I do. Sin is living in me.
I know that nothing good lives in me—that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do. No, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. So I find this law at work: when I want to do good, evil is right there with me (Rom. 7:15-21).
Lord, I have come to understand that my heart is deceitful above all things (Jer. 17:9). Please help me recognize the ways my heart and my feelings are deceiving me.