With the apostles' fast approaching, I want to ask a serious question, to which I hope people will seriously take the time to evaluate and offer their input.
I have sins in my life, which I really would love to eradicate. Of course, the first thing a father of confession will offer is fasting and prayer. And we are reminded infinitely during lent that fasting and prayer are what all the saints performed, in order to become victorious over the world and sin. But nonetheless, I don't necessarily feel that I gained a definite grip on my sins during lent, and even if I gain some progress, it doesn't take much for me to lose what I gained and return to a state of peril and hopelessness. Can anyone here honestly say with confidence that they were able to conquer sin without reoccurrence, due to their fasting? And if so, what do you think I could be doing wrong?