A Prayer for Repentance
Enable me, O God, by the Holy Spirit’s help, truly to repent of all my sins. May I know and believe in the necessity of repentance in order that my soul may be saved. Hast thou not declared by the lips of thy well-beloved Son, “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish?” I pray that thy goodness, and forbearance, and long-suffering may lead me to repentance, for Christ Jesus’ sake. Amen.
About the author and the source
In 1878, Rev. Henry Law Harkness, the Vicar of Barrow in Worcestershire, issued the second edition of his Daily Prayer Union. It provided a short but thoughtful prayer for each day of the year. The Prayer Union was also the name of an organization Harkness led that was devoted to encouraging its members to participate in daily prayer. The book was not intended to replace personal prayer, but hoped “that the daily prayer should be in addition to your ordinary prayers, and a help to your devotions.”
Henry Law Harkness. Daily Prayer Union. London: Nisbet & Co., 1878.