Prayer Partner Ministry

Prayer of Penitence:

Psalm 51

( A psalm of King David, written when the prophet Nathan came to him after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba and killed Uriah, her husband.)

“Have mercy on me, O God,
      according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
      blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
      and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
      and my sin is always before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned
      and done what is evil in Your sight,
so that You are proved right when You speak
      and justified when You judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
      sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Surely you desire truth in the inner parts;
      You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
      wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
      let the bones You have crushed rejoice.
Hide Your face from my sins
      and blot out all my iniquity.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
      and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from Your presence
      or take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
      and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
      and sinners will turn back to You.
Save me from bloodguilt, O God,
      the God who saves me,
      and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
      and my mouth will declare Your praise.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
      You do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
      a broken and contrite heart,
      O God, You will not despise.

In Your good pleasure make Zion prosper;
      build up the walls of Jerusalem.
Then there will be righteous sacrifices,
      whole burnt offerings to delight You;
      then bulls will be offered on Your altar.”