On Sunday, January 6, 2019, John Buffington prayed a Prayer of Confession. The text of his prayer is below. We hope his words will continue to convict and inspire you this week.
Lord, we come before you as needy, broken people. Father, you have blessed us with every spiritual blessing in your Son, Jesus Christ, that we should be holy and blameless and yet we fall short. Every day we trade the infinite glory of the Creator for far lesser glories that we wrongly believe will make our lives better or more whole – health, comfort, financial security, obedient children, our reputation, leisure.
We know because of your Word that your ways and thoughts are greater than ours and that you ultimately work all things for good for those who love you and are called according to your purpose. However, we confess that don’t always trust your ways. We grumble. We are prone to self-pity. We challenge your thoughts and believe that our own plans and preferred circumstances would be best for us. Lord forgive us for our arrogance, for not trusting you with our whole hearts, and for doubting the goodness of your plans for us.
Lord, as we approach this new year we confess where our goals and ambitions are focused more on our own glory and image than with yours. We pray that you would reorient our hearts to be more concerned with Your glory and Your fame than we are with our own. Help us to be humble people. Just as Jesus came not to be served, but to serve, we pray that you would help us to lay our lives down for You and to love one another with Christ-exalting sacrificial love.
We plead with You that the conviction of our sin would drive us quickly to our Savior and not deeper into sin. We look to you as the author and perfecter of our faith to create in us a clean heart and to renew our spririts. Help us to see the foolishness of our sin and to be vigilant in the war that is being waged for our souls.
We thank you that there is no good that you withhold from us. Awaken our dulled senses to see and savor the greatest treasure in the universe. You are worthy of all praise, honor, and glory.
In Jesus’ name we pray,