In Bible times sackcloth and ashes were symbols of humility. People approaching God in repentence wore sackcloth and rubbed ashes on themselves. They knew they were not worthy to stand before God.
Jesus said, “If the miracles that were performed for you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” (Matthew 11:21)
In modern times Christian churches recognize Ash Wednesday. It’s the beginning of Lent; a time we are preparing ourselves to repent in the presence of Christ on the cross. Many people have ashes put on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday as a reminder that they need to repent of their sins. We are to come before God in all humility, asking for forgiveness.
How humble are we before God? Do we approach God as the lowly creatures we are, not deserving of forgiveness or mercy? Or are we arrogant in the presence of God, acting as if He owes us something?
Be mindful of how you pray. Put on the “sackcloth and ashes” and be humble before your God.