Another Serenity Prayer
Jesus said, "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free."1
Truth: Perhaps the most powerful principle in the world. Without access to the truth there is no freedom, no recovery, no intimacy in relationships, often no healing, and no eternal life.
On the other hand, denial is perhaps the most destructive sins we can commit. For instance, to the degree that I have not found freedom in any area of my life I am still in denial. There is some truth I am avoiding facing. Furthermore, to be dishonest with myself is just as deceptive and sinful as being dishonest to anyone else.
M. Scott Peck said, "Emotional sickness is avoiding reality [truth] at any cost. Emotional health is facing reality at any cost."
That's just a reframing or rephrasing of what Jesus said: "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free." The following prayer by Billy Joe Vaughn sums it up very well:
"God grant me the ability
to reject the things about me
that are not true,
the humility to accept
the things that are,
and the discernment
to know the difference."
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please deliver me from the sin of denial and help me always to be genuine, honest, authentic and real. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name. Amen."
1. John 8:32.