“How can I Pray and who can I Pray to and What can I Say when I know I am an Unworthy Sinner,” by Andrew J. Schatkin
Ladies and gentlemen I would like to seek to answer the question of how can any imperfect human being, knowing their imperfect lives and knowing their failings and faults and what they have done and left undone in their lives, pray to the god of eternal love?
This is a most difficult query. To take a good look at ourselves and our lives and to know and understand we are sinners is a task requiring thought and understanding. Yet that we are sinners is blatantly obvious. If we can look at ourselves, we should see our sin in our selfishness self-devotion and self-love. None of us can escape if we are honest about who we are.
How then can we approach god knowing the truth about ourselves the uncomfortable truth and the demanding truth? The truth, lucky for we failed beings, is that god is a god of love and forgiveness and welcomes fallen and even wicked and evil humanity to be his friends in forgiveness. We can pray to this god of eternal love because he loved us first on the cross and continues to do so even to that last minute prayer at the end of our lives. His forgiveness and love allows us to know and approach him. In his forgiveness, he hears the cry of the sinner in prayer because it is sinners he died for and whose prayers he wants and welcomes. We can pray in spite of our failures and sins because his love permits us to do so nothing more and nothing less. We can pray and be heard because the price has been paid and, whoever we are, when we pray his blood and righteousness covers us to be heard.