In Psalm 19:13-14 King David makes this prayerful request to God:
“Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.”
This prayer request should be made every day by every Christian. A presumptuous sin is one that is deliberate; or to be put more plainly, a sin that you know is a sin, the Holy Spirit is convicting you, and yet you still proceed to commit it. I am guilty of this and will, undoubtedly, be guilty of this in the future; not because I want to be but because I am fallible. Yet, the love of God is infallible and He continues to love us the same despite our rebellious actions. Scripture tells us to call upon him in times of such temptation:
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
How many times could a sin have been avoided if in that moment of temptation, we quieted our thoughts, and ask God for help? How much more prepared would we be if every morning we started out with a prayer such as the one David prayed? A prayer that not only shows humility and a desire to be faithful, but also a desire for correction. We should always seek God’s correction. It is through His sacrifice, His love, and His blood that we have been undeservedly redeemed and justified. Spend time with God, and request the discipline to overcome temptation, but also for God to renew your mind (Romans 12:2) in such a way that will glorify Him.