“Woe is me” Confession is the Honest Response – Matthew 6:12a & Isaiah 6:5
Do you have any friends or family who have one of “those” houses? You know the kind I mean. They dust and vacuum every day and twice on Saturday, and there is never a dirty dish in the sink. If the wall gets scratched they don’t give it a little rub, they repaint. My brother in law John has a house like that. Most of the time I feel pretty good about my house. We vacuum and dust, just not every day. The sink get’s emptied often. Paint, well, several rooms could use a coat. But I think my house is pretty clean, at least until I visit John. When I come home from John’s house I notice things I didn’t before; the dog hair in the corner (Fenway isn’t suppose to shed), the scratches on the walls and the dishes in the sink.
Entering God’s house (prayer) should do the same thing to us. The sick day I took from work to go to the beach. The person at work that I’ve been thinking about in ways I shouldn’t. The impatient way I snapped at my kids or my spouse this morning. All of those things may seem pretty clean on a TV sitcom. But how do they look in the presence of almighty God?
In Matthew 6:12 Jesus teaches his disciple to ask, “. . . forgive us our debts . . .” Asking for forgiveness requires that we recognize our debts.
When Isaiah (a pretty good guy) was ushered into the presence of almighty God his immediate response was to cry out, “Woe is me, I am a man of unclean lips . . .” (Isaiah 6)
Today, right now, don’t sit around doing mental calisthenics trying to come up with a list of all of the things you’ve done wrong. And really don’t let the enemy beat you up with condemnation. But sit and bask in the presence of God. Experience God’s Holiness and your sin will become dark and ugly to you. Then your honest response will be to say, “Father forgive me.”
When you finish praying write down here what the Lord is teaching you: