the later hours of his life with self-reproach and shame.”

ILL.- C. S. Lewis: "Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms."

We all are rebels who need to lay down our arms and surrender to God and Christ. And Christ is our approach to God.

PROP.- David’s prayer of repentance after he committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1- A prayer of confession
2- A prayer of concession
3- A prayer of cleansing
4- A prayer of commitment

I. A PRAYER OF CONFESSION

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

This confession was more of a testimony about who God is than anything else. O God, you are merciful and compassionate.

ILL.- Lincoln Steffens once wrote a magazine article based on an interview with Mark Fagan, who was at the time mayor of Jersey City. N. J. Steffens asked Fagan several searching questions—how he stood up against corruption and graft, how he withstood the temptations of offered bribes, how he was able to face the opposition of those who ridiculed and smeared him. Fagan’s one answer to most of the questions was simply, “I have a way.”

Finally, Steffens got Fagan to tell what his “way” was. His answer was very simple. He pointed to a picture of Christ on the wall of his office and, referring to John 14:6, said, “He is the way.”

And not only it is true that Christ is the way to God the Father, He is also our way to forgiveness for our sins and to overcome temptation.

Have mercy on me, O God. Where have we heard these words before or have we?

Luke 18:9-14 “To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

God, have mercy on me a sinner. This is similar to what David prayed. And it’s a prayer that all of us need to pray and perhaps every day. Have you prayed this pray today? Will you pray it every day? I would suggest you do this if you wish to be justified before God. You have to go down before you can ever go up! You have to fall down before God before He can ever lift you up.

Ephesians 2:4-5 “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead