"Generous in love - God, give grace!
Huge in mercy - wipe out my bad record.
Scrub away my guilt, soak out my sins in your laundry.
I know how bad I've been, my sins are staring me down.
You're the One I've violated, and you've seen it all, the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;
whatever you decide about me is fair.
I've been out of step with you for a long time,
in the wrong since before I was born.
What you're after is truth from the inside out.
Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life."
-King David, Psalm 51, The Message
It takes humility to pray a prayer like David did here. I'm reminded of one the earliest prayers of our ancestors in Christ Following: "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner."