“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Ezra 9:5b-6




I fell on my knees with my hands spread out to the Lord my God

and prayed:

‘I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to You,

because our sins are higher than our heads

and our guilt has reached to the heavens.’


– Ezra 9:5b-6 (NIV)






This is a remorseful confession of sin.

It is a genuine prayer put up in faith.


A true penitent resents sin,

is ashamed of it,

repents from it

and seeks God’s forgiveness.


In true repentance,

holy shame is as necessary as holy sorrow.


We may sometimes wonder

how we have not yet wearied out the Lord’s patience

and brought destruction on ourselves.

But a strong faith provides the contrite believer

with comfort and reassurance

that although his or her sins may have “reached to the heavens”,

there is God’s mercy in the heavens.






Oh my Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,

I am too ashamed and disgraced to lift up my face to You,

but Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner!


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