David’s humble confession
Maybe you haven’t been living as you should. Here is what David prayed after Nathan the prophet informed him of God’s anger over David’s adultery with Bathsheba, then his murder of her husband. If God can forgive that, He can forgive anything you might have done. But notice how David humbly takes full responsibility for his actions and pleads with God to create in him a new hope.
O loving and kind God, have mercy. Have pity upon me and take away the awful stain of my transgressions. Wash me and cleanse me from this guilt. Let me be pure again. I admit my shameful deed. It haunts me day and night. It is against You and You alone that I sinned and did this terrible thing. You saw it all. Your sentence against me is just. Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires. Don't toss me aside, banished forever from Your presence. Don't take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey You (Psalm 51:1-17).