Take a moment to quiet yourself within. Focus on your breathing and become present to God, who knows everything about you and who loves you.
I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.
We don't go to the doctor without a reason. We may be sick, need a check-up, or want the doctor's advice about healthy living. There are many reasons to go to God in prayer but none as important as seeking a cure for our spiritual illness and restoring our relationship with God. After all, Jesus says there will be great joy in heaven over the one who repents. When we repent, we come to ourselves in truth and recognize our very real need of God's forgiveness. Then we are ready to be washed in God's love.
What sins in me need to be forgiven?
Can I ask God for the grace to be open to his forgiveness and love for me?
(Pray to the Lord, using these words or those of your own.)
Loving God, you know everything that is in my heart. Help me to trust in your love that I may turn to you in my sinfulness and be healed.