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Introduction and Acknowledgement of the Need for Lowliness before God

Confession 2.0 | NIV

Of the Second Part of Prayer, which is Confession of Sin, Complaints Regarding Myself, and Humble Professions of Repentance

Having ascribed to God the glory due his name, Psalm 29:2(NIV) I must next take shame to myself, which is my due, and humble myself before him in the sense of my own sinfulness and vileness; and herein also I must give glory to him, Joshua 7:19(NIV) as my Judge, by whom I deserve to be condemned, and yet hope, through Christ, to be acquitted and absolved.

In this part of my work, I must acknowledge the great reason I have to lie very low before God and to be ashamed of myself when I come into his presence and to be afraid of his wrath, having made myself both odious to his holiness and obnoxious to his justice.

O my God! I am too ashamed and disgraced to lift up my face to you, my God, because my sins are higher than my head and my guilt has reached to the heavens. Ezra 9:6(NIV)

I am covered with shame because I have sinned against you. Daniel 9:8(NIV)

I am unworthy – how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth, Job 40:4(NIV) and bury my face in the dust – there may yet be hope – Lamentations 3:29(NIV) crying out with the convicted leper under the law, “Unclean, unclean!” Leviticus 13:45(NIV)

If you place no trust in your holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in your eyes, how much less man, who is vile and corrupt, who drinks up evil like water! Job 15:15-16(NIV)

When my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty, I have reason to cry, “Woe to me! I am ruined.” Isaiah 6:5(NIV)

Dominion and awe belong to you; you establish order in the heights of heaven. Your forces cannot be numbered; and upon whom does your light not rise? How then can a man be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure? Job 25:2-4(NIV)

You alone are to be feared. Who can stand before you when you are angry? Psalm 76:7(NIV) You, my God, are a consuming fire; Hebrews 12:29(NIV) and who knows the power of your anger? Psalm 90:11(NIV)

Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty. Job 9:20(NIV) Though I wished to dispute with you, I could not answer you one time out of a thousand. Job 9:3(NIV)

If my conscience is clear, that does not make me innocent, for it is the Lord who judges me – 1 Corinthians 4:4(NIV) the Lord, who is greater than my heart and knows everything. 1 John 3:20(NIV) But I myself know that I have sinned, Father, against heaven and against you, and am no longer worthy to be called your child. Luke 15:21(NIV)

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Rely on Jesus Alone for Acceptance with God

Adoration 1.20 | NIV

I must profess my entire reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ alone for acceptance with God and come in his name.

I do not make requests of you because I am righteous, Daniel 9:18(NIV) for I am before you in my guilt, Ezra 9:15(NIV) and cannot stand before you because of my sins; Psalm 130:3(NIV) but I make mention of Christ’s righteousness, even of his only, who is The LORD Our Righteousness, Jeremiah 23:6(NIV) and therefore The LORD My Righteousness.

I know that even spiritual sacrifices are acceptable to God only through Christ Jesus, 1 Peter 2:5(NIV) nor can I hope to receive anything but what I ask of you in his name; John 16:23(NIV) and therefore, make me accepted in the One you love, Ephesians 1:6(NIV) that other angel, who puts much incense to the prayers of saints and offers them up on the golden altar before the throne. Revelation 8:3(NIV)

I come in the name of the great High Priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, who is able to sympathize with my weaknesses, Hebrews 4:14-15(NIV) and is therefore able to save completely all those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25(NIV)

Look upon my shield, O God: look with favor on your Anointed One, Psalm 84:9(NIV) in whom you have by a voice from heaven declared yourself to be well pleased; Lord, be well pleased with me in him. Matthew 3:17(NIV)

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Beg for the Spirit’s Assistance in Prayer and Aim for God’s Glory

Adoration 1.19 | NIV

I must beg for the powerful assistance and influence of the blessed Spirit of grace in my prayers.

Lord, I do not know what I ought to pray for, but let your Spirit help me in my weakness and intercede for me. Romans 8:26(NIV)

O pour on me a spirit of grace and supplication, Zechariah 12:10(NIV) the Spirit of sonship who teaches me to cry, “Abba, Father”; Romans 8:15(NIV) that I may find in my heart to pray this prayer: Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell; to God, my joy and my delight. Psalm 43:3-4(NIV)

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. Psalm 51:15(NIV)

I must make the glory of God my highest end in all my prayers.

This is what you, O Lord, spoke of: that among those who approach you, you will show yourself holy; in the sight of all the people you will be honored. Leviticus 10:3(NIV) I therefore worship before you, O Lord, that I may bring glory to your name; Psalm 86:9(NIV) and therefore I call on you, that you may deliver me, and I may honor you. Psalm 50:15(NIV)

For from you and through you and to you are all things. Romans 11:36(NIV)

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Entreat God’s Favorable Acceptance

Adoration 1.18 | NIV

I must entreat God’s favorable acceptance of me and my poor performances.

Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” But this I say, “Let the light of your face shine upon me, O LORD,” and that shall fill my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. Psalm 4:6-7(NIV)

I have sought your face with all my heart, Psalm 119:58(NIV) for in this I labor, that whether at home in the body or away from it, I may please the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:9(NIV)

O LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness come to my relief, Psalm 143:1(NIV) and be near me whenever I pray to you; Deuteronomy 4:7(NIV) for you have not said to Jacob’s descendants, “Seek me in vain.” Isaiah 45:19(NIV)

You who hear the young ravens when they call, Psalm 147:9(NIV) do not turn a deaf ear to me, for if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit. Psalm 28:1(NIV)

May my prayer be set before you like incense, and the lifting up of my hands be acceptable in your sight like the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2(NIV)

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Profess your Believing Hope and Confidence in God

Adoration 1.17 | NIV

I must likewise profess my believing hope and confidence in God and his all-sufficiency, in his power, providence, and promise.

In you, O God, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; Psalm 31:1(NIV) indeed, no one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame. Psalm 25:3(NIV)

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation. Psalm 62:1-2(NIV) My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock and my refuge; my hope comes from him. Psalm 62:5-7(NIV)

When I have no refuge, and no one cares for my life, I cry to you, O LORD, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Psalm 142:4-5(NIV)

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but I trust in the name of the LORD my God. Psalm 20:7(NIV) I will trust in your unfailing love, O God, forever and ever, and in your name I will hope, for it is good. Psalm 52:8-9(NIV)

I have put my hope in your word; Psalm 119:81(NIV) O remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. Psalm 119:49(NIV)

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Humbly Profess the Desire of your Heart for God

Adoration 1.16 | NIV

I must humbly profess the desire of my heart towards God, as my felicity and portion and fountain of life and all good to me.

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you or in comparison with you. When my flesh and my heart fail, be the strength of my heart and my portion forever, Psalm 73:25-26(NIV) the portion of my inheritance in the other world and of my cup in this; and then I will say that the boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places, and that I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:5-6(NIV)

Your name and renown are the desire of my heart; my soul yearns for you in the night, and in the morning my spirit longs for you. Isaiah 26:8-9(NIV)

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God, Psalm 42:1-2(NIV) who by day directs his love, and at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life. Psalm 42:8(NIV)

O that I may come hungering and thirsting after righteousness, Matthew 5:6(NIV) for you fill the hungry with good things, but send the rich away empty. Luke 1:53(NIV)

O that my soul may thirst for you, and my body long for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water; that I may behold your power and your glory, as I have seen you in the sanctuary. Your love is better than life; Psalm 63:1-3(NIV) my soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods, and then with singing lips my mouth will praise you. Psalm 63:5(NIV)

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Express your Unworthiness to Draw Near to God

Adoration 1.15 | NIV

I must express the sense I have of my own meanness and unworthiness to draw near to God and speak to him.

But will God really dwell on earth with men? That God whom the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain, 2 Chronicles 6:18(NIV) with man, who is but a maggot – a son of man, who is only a worm? Job 25:6(NIV)

Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far to present myself before the Lord? 2 Samuel 7:18(NIV) That I have through Christ an access to the Father by one Spirit? Ephesians 2:18(NIV) And yet, as if this were not enough in your sight, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant. Is this your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign LORD? 2 Samuel 7:19(NIV)

What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him, Psalm 8:4(NIV) and thus magnify him?

May the Lord not be angry, Genesis 18:30(NIV) if I, who am nothing but dust and ashes, am so bold as to speak to the Lord of glory. Genesis 18:27(NIV)

I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant; Genesis 32:10(NIV) nor is it right to take the children’s bread and toss it to such as I am; but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table; Matthew 15:26-27(NIV) and you richly bless with mercy all who call on you. Romans 10:12(NIV)

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Acknowledge the Privilege of Drawing Near to God in Prayer

Adoration 1.14 | NIV

I must acknowledge it an unspeakable favor and an inestimable privilege that I am not only admitted, but invited and encouraged, to draw near to God in prayer.

You have commanded me to pray on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests, with thanksgiving, and to be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints; Ephesians 6:18(NIV) to continue in prayer, and in everything, by prayer and petition, to present my requests to God. Philippians 4:6(NIV)

You have directed me to ask and seek and knock; and have promised that it will be given to me, I will find, and the door will be opened to me. Matthew 7:7(NIV)

You have appointed for me a great High Priest, in whose name I may approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that I may receive mercy and find grace to help me in my time of need. Hebrews 4:16(NIV)

You have assured me that while you detest the sacrifice of the wicked, the prayer of the upright pleases you; Proverbs 15:8(NIV) and that he who sacrifices thank offerings honors you; Psalm 50:23(NIV) and the sacrifice of thanksgiving will please the LORD more than that of an ox or a bull with its horns and hoofs. Psalm 69:30-31(NIV)

You are he who hears prayer, and therefore to you all men will come. Psalm 65:2(NIV)

You say, “Seek my face!” And my heart answers, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8(NIV) For, should not a person inquire of his God? Isaiah 8:19(NIV) To whom shall I go but to you? You have the words of eternal life. John 6:68(NIV)

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Own your Relation to God

Adoration 1.13 | NIV

I must declare this God to be my God and own my relation to him, his dominion over me, and propriety in me.

I said to the LORD, “You are my God; apart from you I have no good thing; Psalm 16:2(NIV) even if I am righteous, what do I give to you?” Job 35:7(NIV)

You are my King and my God: Psalm 44:4(NIV) Other lords besides you have ruled over me, but from henceforth your name alone do I honor. Isaiah 26:13(NIV)

I declare this day that the LORD is my God and that I will walk in his ways, that I will keep his decrees, commands, and laws, and that I will obey him and give myself to him, to be of his people, of his treasured possession as he has promised, that I may be of a people holy to the LORD my God; Deuteronomy 26:17-19(NIV) and may be to him for his renown and praise and honor. Jeremiah 13:11(NIV)

O LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, born in your house, and you have freed me from my chains: Psalm 116:16(NIV) I have been bought at a price, and therefore I am not my own; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20(NIV) and so I submit to the Lord, 2 Chronicles 30:8(NIV) and bind myself to him in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten. Jeremiah 50:5(NIV)

Save me, for I am yours; I have sought out your precepts; Psalm 119:94(NIV) it is your own, Lord, that I give you, and that which comes from your hand. 1 Chronicles 29:16(NIV)

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Acknowledge your Dependence on God and your Obligations to Him

Adoration 1.12 | NIV

I must acknowledge my dependence upon God and my obligations to him as my Creator, Preserver, and Benefactor.

You, O God, made me, and not I myself, and therefore I am not my own but yours: 1 Corinthians 6:19(NIV) I am of your people and of the sheep of your pasture; Psalm 100:3(NIV) let me therefore worship and fall down and kneel before the Lord my Maker. Psalm 95:6(NIV)

You, Lord, are the former of my body, and it is fearfully and wonderfully made and curiously wrought. Your eyes saw my unformed body, and all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:14-16(NIV)

You have clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews; you have given me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence have watched over my spirit. Job 10:11-12(NIV)

You are the Father of my spirit, Hebrews 12:9(NIV) for you form the spirit of man within him, Zechariah 12:1(NIV) and give me breath. Jeremiah 38:16(NIV) The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Job 33:4(NIV) You endow the heart with wisdom and give understanding to the mind. Job 38:36(NIV)

You are God my Maker, who teaches more to me than to the beasts of the earth and makes me wiser than the birds of the air. Job 35:10-11(NIV)

I am the clay, you are the potter; I am the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8(NIV)

You brought me out of the womb and made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast; from birth I have been cast upon you and have relied on you. Psalm 22:9-10(NIV) You are my God from my mother’s womb, and therefore I will ever praise you. Psalm 71:6(NIV)

In you, O God, I live and move and have my being, for I am your offspring. Acts 17:28(NIV)

In your hand you hold my life and all my ways, Daniel 5:23(NIV) for a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps, Jeremiah 10:23(NIV) but my times are in your hands. Psalm 31:15(NIV)

You are the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day and has delivered me from all harm. Genesis 48:15-16(NIV)

It is because of your great love that I am not consumed, for your compassions never fail: they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23(NIV)

If you take away my breath, I die and return to the dust out of which I was taken. Psalm 104:29(NIV)

Who can speak and have it happen if you have not decreed it? From your mouth, O Most High, both calamities and good things come. Lamentations 3:37-38(NIV)