On Sunday, September 1, 2019, Brian McPeters shared the following Prayer of Confession during our meeting. We hope that his words continue to convict and inspire your hearts this week.
Thank you first and foremost for the forgiveness available to us through Jesus. Thank you that there is nothing we can do to make You love us less and that there is nothing we can do to make You love us more. Forgive us for this past week for we have pursued other good things first and placed you second, as if you are not the Creator, King and our God. Lord, forgive us for how we’ve judged others for the sins we commit in the quiet of our heart. Lord, how we need the power of the Holy Spirit to work in us and conform us to Your Son. We confess that we’ve too often been enraged at one another’s sins and made excuses for our own. We’ve withheld forgiveness when we’ve been wronged, hurt, and sinned against by others. We’ve treated others rudely, not carefully listened to or isolated those we’ve disagreed with. We’ve rejected criticism from others even when we knew it was valid. And we’ve written off lost friends, relatives or neighbors as hopeless, as if we’ve earned the forgiveness we have through your Son by our own efforts. Lastly, as we saw in Your Word last week, please forgive us for where we’ve boasted in our apparent strength and attempted to hide our weakness. Teach us, like the Apostle Paul, to see that “Your grace is sufficient for us and that Your power is made perfect in our weakness”. Lord, we ask that through our weaknesses, the insults, hardships, persecution or even calamities we face, others may see in those things Your amazing power. Thank You for never giving up and for the never-ending love you have for your people. Give us grace to confess our sins both to you and one another, and thank you that our sins, though they be like scarlet, your son’s Jesus’s blood shed on the cross washes them whiter than snow.