a simple, yet profound prayer

“Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me a sinner!”

In [this] expression we find a full summary of all prayer.  It directs itself to Jesus, the Son of God, who lived, died and was raised for us; it declares him to be the Christ, the anointed one, the Messiah, the one we have been waiting for; it calls him our Lord, the Lord of our whole being: body, mind, and spirit, thoughts, emotions, and actions; and it professes our deepest relationship to him by a confession of our sinfulness and by a humble plea for his forgiveness, mercy, compassion, love and tenderness. – Henri Nouwen, The Only Necessary Thing


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