Prayers of Confession on Humanity

Almighty God in heaven, we confess that we are sinners in the midst of a sinful world. It’s not just something we do; it’s something we are. It’s not merely a practice; it’s a state of being. Our sins are not just momentary lapses, but they reflect our inner selves. We try to hide them in the dark closets of our soul, but in Your presence, Lord, they come into the light. So, once again, we ask that You forgive us. Judge us not for what we are, but for who we are because of the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Grant us the strength and courage to live into our new identity through our Savior. In Christ’s Name we pray. Amen.

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church

Gracious God, sometimes I am so caught up in my failures, in all the ways I am not like you, that I neglect the deeper truth, the earlier truth of Genesis 1. You have made me, as a human being, in your image and likeness. I am like you in a profound and abiding way. Amazing!

Lord, as I consider this truth, help me not to get puffed up, or to think of myself more highly than I ought, or to start acting as if I am a god. Yet, may I take seriously my likeness to you. May this truth shape my sense of identity and my purpose. May it help me to live faithfully in response to your intentions for my life. Amen.

Taken from Mark D. Roberts, Life for Leaders, a Devotional Resource of the DePree Leadership Center at Fuller Theological Seminary