Saying sorry in prayer may be best thought of not as a grovelling word, but as a healing word. When in our daily lives with others we admit where we have got things wrong and say sorry, relationships can heal and grow. This is also true of our relationship with God. Rather than berating ourselves for our daily misdemeanours, God invites us to draw close and be open about who we truly are.
What am I sorry about? What I am ashamed of? Martin Luther King said "The first rule of prayer is: do not lie to God" and this is what we aim for; a growing sense of God's love that helps us to share all that we are with God.
The first rule of prayer is do not lie to God.Martin Luther King
George McLeod said "We should never rise from our prayers still wondering if God has forgiven us." Yet this is often difficult. In such moments, arranging to speak with a trustworthy person who understands something of our journey into prayer can be invaluable in helping us deepen our sense of forgiveness and a healed relationship with God.