Last Sunday, Tom Sturgeon brought a Prayer of Confession to our church as a part of the Sunday meeting. Many have requested the text of this prayer. Tom has provided it for us below. We hope that his words will continue to convict and encourage your heart.
Our heavenly Father, we come to you this morning, your covenant people, called by your name; joined with you through the bonds of fellowship and by the declaration of your Holy Word as your church.
All praise and glory be to you, O Lord.
We enter your gates this morning with thanksgiving.
Thank you Father for your gifts of grace to us:
Thank you for the gift of sleep;
Thank you for the gift of life;
Thank you for the gift of health;
Thank you for the gift of faith;
Thank you for the gift of joy;
Thank you for the gift of contentment;
and Thank you for the gift of salvation.
We enter your courts this morning with praise:
may you alone be magnified this day through our songs of worship and adoration;
we declare your name Yahweh, to be great in all the earth;
we extol you O Lord with our whole heart;
Holy, righteous, just and true are you alone, O God;
Loving, gentle and patient are you, our glorious Father in heaven.
We love you Lord.
Be enthroned on the praises of your people.
Father, we come into your presence today aware that as your people, living in a fallen and sinful world, we are stained with sin.
Our most righteous acts are declared to be but filthy rags because of the condition of our hearts.
Without you, we have no way to cover our sin.
But – you have imputed our sin to another and you have imputed his righteousness to us!
You have covered us with the bridegroom’s robe.
Lord, we constantly wander off in our walk with you, going into the far country as a prodigal and returning home, filthy, always saying, Father, forgive me.
And you put before us a feast and clothe us with the best robe. You are a gracious and loving Father, quick to forgive.
We confess this morning that we are in desperate need of you. Thank you for your Holy Spirit who indwells us and empowers us to overcome.
Teach us to rely on His strength and not our own as we battle to overcome sin.
When ten thousand snares entrap us, defend us O Lord.
When sloth and laziness seizes our hearts, give us views of heaven.
When sinners entice us, grant us the courage to flee.
We confess this morning that we have sinned against you, Lord God Almighty.
Individually we are aware of the countless ways we have fallen short of your calling to holiness and righteousness.
Together, here this morning as your people, your church, we confess our sins to you.
Asking you to hear our confession and knowing that in your hearing you are quick to forgive.
Your forgiveness is sweet, O God.
Grant us this day O Lord, that we will never lose sight of
the exceeding sinfulness of sin;
the exceeding righteousness of salvation;
the exceeding Glory of Christ;
the exceeding beauty of holiness;
and the exceeding wonder of your grace.
It is in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, that we pray and declare as your people, Amen.