If our prayers are to be answered, we must approach God with humility. (Ps. 138:6) We should ask Jehovah to examine us, as David did when he said: “Search through me, O God, and know my heart. Examine me, and know my disquieting thoughts, and see whether there is in me any painful way, and lead me in the way of time indefinite.” (Ps. 139:23, 24)
Let us not only pray but also submit to God’s examination and the counsel of his Word. Jehovah can lead us in “the way of time indefinite,” helping us to pursue a course leading to everlasting life.
What if we are plagued by “disquieting thoughts” regarding a serious sin? (Read Psalm 32:1-5.) Trying to repress a guilty conscience can sap us of vigor, even as a tree loses moisture in summer’s intense heat. Because of his sin, David lost his joy and may have become ill.
But what relief confession to God brought him! Imagine David’s joy when he felt that ‘his revolt had been pardoned’ and Jehovah had forgiven him. Confessing sin to God can bring relief, and the aid of Christian elders will also help to restore an erring person’s spiritual health.—Prov. 28:13; Jas. 5:13-16.