This post is part of a 7-week blog series through the 7 Deadly Sins (PrideEnvyAnger, Gluttony, Lust, Sloth, and Greed). The 7 Deadly Sins are traditionally acknowledged as root vices that provoke an array of sinful behavior. At no point does the Bible outline this particular list of seven sins, and yet Christians throughout history have found this framework to be helpful. In the end, the purpose of this blog series is to guide and grow our practice of private confession.

Heavenly Father, in your presence there is fullness of joy, and at your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). Help me to believe this, for I am plagued by lust. Within the period and the boundary you’ve allotted for my dwelling, I endure constant, inordinate cravings for the pleasures of the flesh. These poisonous desires diminish everything. My fellow man is objectified. My soul is intoxicated. Food and drink lose their taste. I shrink, descending into a dungeon of self. Nothing satisfies. Truly, I am a poor man (Proverbs 21:17). My enemy is ever-present, plotting my demise, lying in wait for signs of weakness, and his power over me is proof that I am already calloused to what is eternally good and pure. So soften my heart once again. Thank you for Jesus, who ministered unfailingly in the flesh. His eyes witnessed both beauty and indecency, His hands touched both the prostitute and the leper, and yet He was without sin. Teach me to minister innocently. With my mouth, I renounce the world, the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). May it be so in my heart and with my actions. I depend upon your grace. Purge me, and I shall be clean. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7). Amen.