Two of my favorite devotional writers are John and Win Stanford from Ames, IA. John is a retired physics professor at Iowa State and he and Win write thoughtful, short essays 5 times each week. They currently are taking the prayers of 20th century Scottish theologian John Ballie and putting them into their own words… like this pithy one from this morning:
Heavenly Father, whose mercy is always waiting for those who turn to You with humble hearts, I asked for Your blessing, but now am ashamed and burdened because of things I have done that ought not to have been done:
I ask Your healing and cleansing for:
A deceitful heart and crooked thoughts.
Barbed words spoken deliberately.
Thoughtless words spoken hastily.
Envious and prying eyes.
Ears that rejoice in wrong rather than truth.
Greedy hands and wandering feet.
Have mercy on me, O God.
…Thank You, Father, that with You is mercy and forgiveness, in the name of Your Son Jesus.