Father in heaven, I need to be forgiven.
Instead of trusting in the death of Jesus Christ,
I have tried to work off my guilt.
I have tried to pile up good deeds that outweigh my sins.
When this doesn’t work, I quickly turn to denial and distraction.
Instead of trusting in the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
I have tried to change through my own efforts.
I have tried to change my heart through willpower.
This has left me arrogant, anxious and depressed.
Forgive me for trying to heal myself. Forgive me for neglecting your grace.
Forgive me and heal me, for Jesus’ sake.

Amen.