On Sunday, November 4, 2018, Damian Crichigno 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.
The fact that, this morning, most of us can call you “Father” is reason enough to be grateful to You. We are aware that we have not done anything to deserve being chosen by You before the foundation of the universe to be Your children. We are Your holy people, chosen not by works, so that no one can boast. Our reason for joy and gratitude is to know that You have not chosen us because of our works, because our works are worthless. We are beings created in Your image and likeness, contaminated with the sin of believing that we are the creators and You are the creation. We are rebellious, demanding, unjust, idolatrous, ungrateful, and many other things. Even so, You have chosen us to spend eternal life with You. And not only that, but You have also promised to transform us in the image and likeness of Christ Jesus, the Lamb slain for our sins. Thank you, Father, for Jesus Christ. The Completer and Perfecter of our faith. The Righteous who died for sinners. The Price for our ransom. The Giver of eternal life. The Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. The One who made possible for us to call You Father. Blessed be God. Blessed be the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Blessed be the Spirit of God that you have sent to make a dwelling within each one of Your chosen ones. What a great privilege it is to know that Your Holy Spirit dwells within Your chosen ones. Thank You for that. Because not only have You made us worthy to be Your children, but you have also decided that Your Spirit will use these sinful bodies as His tabernacle. Thank you also for using imperfect children to proclaim Your Gospel and to cooperate with You for the advancement of Your Kingdom. We are inferior to the angels, but even so, it pleases you that we proclaim the good news. It is at this moment that we prepare ourselves to proclaim Your love, forgiveness, and mercy through the songs, the offerings, and the preaching of Your Word. We join with one voice to continue the rest of the morning raising thanksgiving because God is good, His great love endures forever.