BARE AND OPEN
O Thou before whose eyes all human hearts lie bare and open, forbid that I should seek to hide from Thee anything that I have this day done or thought or imagined. What must forever be hidden from the knowledge of others, that let me now openly acknowledge in Thy presence. What no proper shame kept me from committing, that let no false shame keep me from now confessing.
O Thou whose tender mercies are over all Thy works, humbly and sorrowfully I crave Thy forgiveness for all my sins this day:
For every weakening and defiling thought to which my mind has given harbor.
For every word spoken in hastiness or passion.
For every failure of self-control.
For every stumbling block which by deed or example I have set in another’s way.
For every opportunity lost.
For every blessing thanklessly received.
For loitering feet and a procrastinating will.
And grant that, as the days go by, Thy Spirit may more and more rule in my heart, giving me victory over these and all other sinful ways.
A Diary of Private Prayer