Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The not-so-original sin: Pride

Dear God, John Wesley warns us…

“Watch and pray continually against pride.”

As the Bible begins, we are confronted immediately by the sin of pride. Adam and Eve and the builders of Babel - just like us - wanted to be in control.

We seek autonomy rather than your authority. The pursuit of personal power and selfish purposes - that’s our agenda. (It seems appropriate that vanity and humanity rhyme.)

Father, I turn to the 51st Psalm, to David’s prayer of contrition:

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.

Lord Christ, I pray for a clean heart - a right and willing spirit. Amen.