Does our division as a world, country, and church stem from the fact that we are afraid to admit our wrongs? Does this desperate need to be right come from a deeper, unrecognized knowledge that if God were to pull back the veil in any given moment we would be found naked and ashamed? This hiddenness and blaming is what Adam and Eve tried as well. They pointed fingers and started the first ever Social Media fight. Our divisions go back to our very beginning. But they didn’t point to their own hearts, their own sin. Yet, this confession is the way of healing. An honest prayer asking God for forgiveness, redemption, and renewal is what will heal us as individuals and as a people.
God of Forgiveness:
We confess that you made us fearfully and wonderfully. You breathed life in us. You surround us with never ending love.
We are your beloved. And because you created us, there is no secret we can hide from you.
The sins we confess today that have darkened our hearts and minds you have already named and accounted for in Christ’s sacrifice.
Still we name our sins in your presence in order to expose our stoney hearts to your free flowing forgiveness. We admit we are not like you. We see your glorious world with eyes of scarcity. And we become fearful and selfish.
God of Merciful Justice:
We judge others based on appearance and color failing to believe in your remarkable creativity.
We withhold our gifts and presence even from our families.
We store away our time, treasure, and talent while those in need go hungry, unloved, and alone.
We accuse you of wrongs we commit.
We depend on government and people for things only you can provide.
We look in the mirror and despise, distrust, and deny your image in us.
God of Redemption:
We close our eyes to your artwork in creation.
We cover ourselves in dark and run from the light.
We believe you are a vengeful, angry, distant God.
We repent. We turn away from our ways and turn to yours.
God of Renewal:
Speak your forgiveness even to our deaf ears.
Soften our hardened hearts to you and those in need.
Mend our souls with your scarlet thread of redemption.
Open our eyes to your movements in our world.
We ask this and more by the power of your mercy.
Assurance of Pardon:
In 1 John 4:18 you tell us, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,” because fear has to do with punishment. But we too often stop reading there. You finish by assuring us “fear has to do with punishment” or judgement. We can go boldly before the throne of grace and boldy into life because the forgiveness of Jesus Christ sets aside our sin and punishment for those sins. God and sin no more.
If you didn’t see last week’s prayer your can fin it here. Sunday Psalm: A Prayer for Protection against My(Self) Enemiesand many have found this confession helpful. A Sunday Psalm of Confession of our Goodness and Brokenness