In one Biblical account, Jesus describes two people who approach God in prayer. One is occupied with pointing out the flaws in others, overlooking his own faults, while the other takes an honest appraisal of his own plight and beseeches God for mercy in heartfelt contrition.
Towards the end of the 139th Psalm, David became enraged as he remembered the wickedness of others around him, when one can almost imagine the Spirit of God whispering in David’s ear, “Uriah.” It seems that David abruptly remembered his own sinfulness, which included incredible offenses to God such as adultery and murder. David then asked God to search him and know his short-comings and to lead him instead in the ways of everlasting righteousness.
As we pray for all of the issues that concern us, let us also ask the Spirit of God to inspect us, not for condemnation, but for purification and restoration so that God’s mercy and grace might abound in our lives and in the lives we seek to touch in the Lord’s Name.