On Sunday, September 23, Ben Taylor prayed a Prayer of Confession as part of our Sunday Meeting. The text of his prayer is below. We hope that his words continue to inspire and convict you this week.
Father, we confess the times when we have turned inward for salvation instead of seeking You; You said not to be anxious, but to make our requests known to You, but we’ve stayed in our own heads with our complaining, our worrying, our self-pity instead of turning to the God who hears and is full of the patience and compassion we long for.
We confess pride in our hearts; only You know to what extent that truly reaches but we can safely say that we do think more highly of ourselves that we ought.
Though the Psalmist admonished us to “forget none” of your benefits, we confess that we have forgotten much about who You are and what You promise to those who love you.
We have not prioritized Your word, when You have told us that we live by it.
We have “forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to us as [children], ‘My son do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord/Nor faint when you are reproved by Him/For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines/And he scourges every son whom He receives.” We have forgotten that altogether, or rejected it outright at times.
We have worried about tomorrow though You commanded us not to, explaining that today had enough trouble of its own.
We have been ashamed and afraid to confess that You are our God and our everything because of how we might be perceived.
We have responded in anger when things haven’t gone according to our plan.
If You, LORD, should mark iniquities,
O LORD, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You
That You may be feared.