Tuesday Prayer: Self-Deception

Lord Jesus, you have said: Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  You then added these beautiful words: ake my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart.  Through your inspired authors, you have said: There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, and If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has gone, the new has come! 

Guard us against self-deception and hypocrisy.  Guard us against thinking that we have come to you, while our hearts refuse to learn from you.  Let us not assume your grace as an excuse to carry on with sin.  

Therefore, dear Lord, I ask you again: Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from your presence; remind me of who I am, through Baptism into Christ.  AMEN.