Your loving child, Anne Shirley, is very concerned about her friend who is heading down a path away from your love and away from the light of your beloved Son. She lifts up the intentions for her friend, that she might turn away from the ways of the world and return to you, O Lord. Today, we pray Psalm 51 on behalf of Anne Shirley’s friend. Dear Lord, we ask that you might send the call of your Holy Spirit to Anne’s friend and help her to turn back towards you and hear your call and feel your unconditional love. We pray in the name of your beloved son Jesus, the Good Shepherd who will find your lost sheep and bring them home.
Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness;
in your abundant compassion blot out my offense.
Wash away all my guilt;
from my sin cleanse me.
For I know my offense;
my sin is always before me.
Against you alone have I sinned;
I have done such evil in your sight
That you are just in your sentence,
blameless when you condemn.
True, I was born guilty, a sinner,
even as my mother conceived me.
Still, you insist on sincerity of heart;
in my inmost being teach me wisdom.
Cleanse me with hyssop, that I may be pure;
wash me, make me whiter than snow.
Let me hear sounds of joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Turn away your face from my sins;
blot out all my guilt.
A clean heart create for me, God;
renew in me a steadfast spirit.
Do not drive me from your presence,
nor take from me your holy spirit.
Restore my joy in your salvation;
sustain in me a willing spirit.
I will teach the wicked your ways,
that sinners may return to you.
Rescue me from death, God, my saving God,
that my tongue may may praise your healing power.
Lord, open my lips;
my mouth will proclaim your praise.
For you do not desire sacrifice;
a burnt offering you would not accept.
My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit;
God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart.
Make Zion prosper in your good pleasure;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
That you will be pleased with proper sacrifice,
burnt offerings and holocausts;
then bullocks will be offered on your altar.