O Father in heaven, who fashioned my limbs to serve you and my soul to follow hard after you, with sorrow and contrition of heart I acknowledge before you the faults and failures of the day that is now past . . .
My failure to be true even to my own accepted standards
My self-deception in the face of temptation
My choosing of the worse when I know the better
O Lord, please forgive, and create in me a clean heart
My failure to apply to myself the standards of conduct I demand of others
My blindness to the suffering of others and my slowness to be taught by my own
My complacence toward wrongs that do not touch my own case and my over-sensitiveness
to those that do
My slowness to see the good in my fellows and to see the evil in myself
My hardness of heart toward my neighbours’ faults and my readiness to make allowance of my own
My unwillingness to believe that You have called me to a small work and my brother to a great one
O Lord please forgive, and create in me a clean heart.
John Baillie - A Diary of Private Prayer.