Hermas (2nd Century) wrote, “Tear doubt out of your heart! Never allow doubt to hinder you from praying to God by perchance thinking to yourself, “How can I ask anything from the Lord, how can I receive anything from him since I have sinned so much against him?” Never think like this! Instead, turn to the Lord with your whole heart. Pray to him without wavering and you will come to know his great mercy. He will never desert you. He will fulfill your heart’s request because God is not like people, who harbor grudges. No, he does not remember evil, and he has compassion for what he has made.”
Many of us have come to that place where we think we have sinned so grossly, made so many mistakes, failed so often… that the Lord cannot possibly hear our prayers and petitions. Of course it’s not true and the Father waits to love, accept and forgive us.
Perhaps much more troubling is to assume that we have such righteousness and purity that we need little prayer time and repentance. This is the greater doubt of the two.
“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Jesus