On Sunday, June 18, John Buffington brought a Prayer of Confession to our church during worship at our Sunday meeting. The text of his prayer is written blow. We hope that his words will continue to encourage and convict your hearts.
Lord, we approach you boldly as we know You are not only a God of love, but you are love personified. You are the author and creator of love. And You showed Your love for us in that while we were still sinners and lovers of darkness, You sent Your Son – who willingly left His throne that He had known from eternity past to be born in the weakness and frailty of human flesh, to face intense temptation, to be forsaken by His own people, to be crucified, and to receive in His body the wrath and holy fury of the Father that we deserved.
Lord even while we approach you boldly, at the same time we tremble when we look at the cross and consider the weight and cost of our sin. Father, forgive us for how we have violated Your perfect law, for insisting on our own way, for being impatient, rude, irritable and resentful, for loving wrongdoing and resenting your truth.
Your Word tells us that the measure and test of our love for you is whole-hearted obedience. Lord, forgive us for so often placing our own selfish desires on the throne of our hearts and pushing You to the perimeter of our lives. Where we have taken your mercy and steadfast love for granted, God forgive us.
Your Word also instructs us that the measure and test of our love for our neighbors is by laying down our lives for them. Father forgive us for how we so often consider ourselves greater than others, seeking first to BE served and not loving others sacrificially.
Father we need your forgiveness for the sins that come to mind and for the myriad sinful thoughts, attitudes, and motives that our hearts may have become too calloused to detect. Lord, would you search our hearts? Bring tenderness back to our hardened hearts where we have grown comfortable with sin. Shine Your light to bring fresh conviction, repentance, and and ultimately restoration and hope.
Holy Spirit, you who are powerful enough to raise Jesus Christ from the dead, we thank You that You have not left us to measure up to such a standard of love on our own. Fill our hearts, minds, and souls with love for our Savior. Embolden us to live radically selfless lives, that we would consider the needs of others more important than our own. Forsaking the world’s notion that love is about creating an emotion, free us to choose to love as a principle of action, empowered by the infinite mercy, grace, forgiveness, and love that we first received from You.
Lord, we praise you and we pray in the name of Jesus,