We prayed this at church on Ash Wednesday. It seemed appropriate for today.
Holy and merciful God, we confess to You and to one another, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved You with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others in the measure we have been forgiven.
Have mercy on us, O God.
We have not listened to Your call to serve others as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved Your Holy Spirit.
Have mercy on us, O God.
We confess to you, O God, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience in our lives,
Our self-indulgent appetites and ways and our exploitation of other people,
Our anger at our own frustration and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,
Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work.
Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that You placed in us, we confess to you, O God.
Accept our repentance, O God, for the wrongs we have done.
For our neglect of human need and suffering and our indifference to injustice and cruelty, for the sake of Jesus’, accept our repentance.
For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us, for the sake of Jesus’, accept our repentance.
For our waste and pollution of Your creation and our lack of concern for those who come after us, for the sake of Jesus’, accept our repentance.
Restore us, O God, and let Your anger depart from us. Favorably hear us, O God, for Your mercy is great.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NASB
You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
Colossians 2:13-14, NLT
Thank you, Jesus, Lamb of God.
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Thank you for this heartfelt expression of authentic confession.
Dawn, it certainly reflects my heart. I have to confess that we prayed this at church on Ash Wednesday and it seemed appropriate for today. Forgive me for not attributing it as such. AB
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Thank you for the encouragement, Laurie. I’ll look forward to reading yours!
for we are all short of the glory of God, let us repeat the prayers of repentance as highlighted above.
Thanks to Jesus for dying on our behalf.
Amen. that verse encouraged my soul. thanks, Daniel. thank you, Jesus.