On Sunday, November 11, Shawn Rozier 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.
Thank you for the grace you richly give us to bring confession and repentance into our lives. We plead our need for your work to make us a repentant people, and ask for your daily help in this. We confess that our sin runs deeper than we want to admit and we are often blind to it because of our pride. Somehow we think that we are immune or different than all of Adam’s kind. We are often wise in our own eyes. We do not set our hope fully on the grace and wondrous eternal joy that is promised to us when we meet you, and live our lives as if you are not coming. We are often indulgent with your gifts, and do not have self-control. We confess our indifference to the lost, and a lack of love for each other. Forgive us when we strive in our own power and planning to bring about your blessings and work without praying. We strive to accomplish your good without you involved. We are an inpatient people, particularly in suffering. Help us not to respond to your good discipline in our lives as our work to make you pleased, escape the consequences of our sin, or demand that your work in us be done quicker. Thank you Lord that you give grace to the humble, and that repentance is a path to rest in you. Give us the faith we need to overcome unbelief in your steadfast love and faithfulness, and the anxieties that come from our unbelief. Give us the good fruit that comes from repentance and your forgiveness, and power that your Holy Spirit gives. May we put on love for our enemies, neighbors, and each other. Please make us holy, compassionate, kind, humble, meek, patient, and also make us a forgiving people. Thank you for your Word that shows us the truth of eternal life with you, and the joy that is set before us. We ask for these things because of Christ’s work for us.