Prayers of Confession on Envy

Adapted from Psalm 73:1–28 (Includes Assurance of Pardon)

Certainly God is good to his people, to those pure in heart,

but as for me, I nearly stumbled; I nearly lost my sure


I struggle with envy as I look at the those in the world who

act arrogantly and yet just seem to get richer.

I struggle with grief and bitterness towards God.  I’ve lost

my bearings and acted foolishly.  Like a beast only driven

by worldly desire and cravings.

~ Silent Confession ~

 Assurance of Pardon (Together)

In all this, you haven’t cast me away.  You keep me

close to your side.  You continue to guide me by your

Word and counsel, and after all of this you will

welcome me into your glorious presence!

What can the world offer to me that I don’t already

have in You?! 

There’s nothing for me here better than You. My flesh

and my heart aren’t trustworthy, but You are and you

give me strength!  My cup overflows with endless provision.

Anyone who doesn’t have you doesn’t have life and

will certainly perish.  Our God is a consuming fire!

I know that my best can only come when I’m near You! 

I will run to You for safety and provision and tell

others of all you’ve done for me!

Christ Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Adapted from Proverbs 24:1-2, 5-6

Pastor: “Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them, for their hearts devise violence, and their lips talk of trouble.”

All: Forgive me, O God, for I have envied evil people who have more than I do. I have desired their comfort and their toys and their easy living more than I have desired your glory. Forgive me by the power of Jesus’ blood.

Pastor: “A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.”

All: Give me wisdom, O God, to trust in the Gospel. Help me to wage war against Satan, sin, and death through the power of the Holy Spirit. Give my Christian brothers and sisters victory in our fight of faith.

Submitted by Dustin Ray

Adapted from Romans 13:12-13

God of night and day,

there is no shadow that can conceal our sin from you

and no secret that you will not bring to light.

For our reveling and drunkenness, forgive us, O God.

For our debauchery and licentiousness, forgive us, O God.

For our quarreling and jealousy, forgive us, O God.

O God, forgive us our sins,

renew us in love,

and teach us to live in a way

that brings honor and glory to your name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Kimberly Bracken Long, Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year A, Volume 1, Westminster John Knox Press.

Almighty God, you bless us so richly. You renew us and give us new life. You equip us with the gifts of your Spirit. You give us an amazing calling to follow you each day. But we fail to use the gifts that you’ve given us. We complain that we don’t have enough. We covet and lust after things we don’t need. Please help us to see how you’ve already blessed us with your gifts as we silently confess our sins to you now.…

Submitted by Austin D. Hill