Paul cries out here in anguish over indwelling sin that remained in him. He longs for the day when he will be free fully from the power of sin. While we live, a conflict is in us between the old and the new natures. It is a daily battle. It does not end until we leave this world, but God can help us subdue the flesh and live increasingly out of the new nature.
And we pray:
We long, O Lord, as did Paul long ago, for the full deliverance from indwelling sin. We struggle day by day, we feel the conflict that is in us. “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; prone to leave The God I need and Love,” we sing and experience. Fit us for the conflict, Lord, and let us fight on each day with new zeal for Your glory. Amen.