Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. […] Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honour.
– James 4:8-10
This is how we counter pride: what is required is a sincere and deep conversion, which must begin with the humility of recognising that we are sinners and in need of purification. To acknowledge one’s wrongdoings, to recognise the weaknesses in one’s self, is the essential first step in drawing close to God; in returning to Him.
When we go to that quiet place and humbly call upon Jesus and fall at His feet and acknowledge our unworthiness, tears, sorrow and grief well up inside of us expressing our sincere repentance. In that quiet place, Jesus will listen to us and console us, and we will feel His healing hand and, above all, His love.
Merciful Lord, I am sorry.
As I come into Your presence,
hear my prayer – this cry from my heart –
and forgive me, Lord.
and remove from me all that is not coming from You.
Touch my life with Your healing grace, Lord.
Thank You, Lord.
I love You, Lord.