"But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, 'O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.'
Repentance is a word that is not used much around the church anymore. Sure we know that folks need to repent but we have become so focused on the Grace side of Jesus that we have forgotten that justice is required. He has paid the price for our sins. We are guilty and He has paid our fines. But too many take this gift for granted and live by the motto, "Let sin increase that grace may abound." That is an indication of a man or woman who has a lack of understanding of this gift of Grace. How can you continue to choose behaviors that dishonor a man (Jesus) that gave up so much for us. Repent. Turn from your wickedness. Strive in your prayer life to become free from the distractions that keep us from the King. You see our real hope in prayer is to draw closer to our Savior. When He is near by we are better able to avoid falling into sin. He will show you ways out from the temptations. But all of that must start with repentance. Confess your sins, ask God to help you overcome your most prevailing sins, and live the true life of freedom.