Prayers of Confession on Mistakes

(Prayer of Adoration)

Gracious God – our Father: 

Sufficient and sovereign, yet, compassionate and kind; 

You tell us the truth while the world lies to us; 

You give us light and hope,  

while all around us cast darkness and despair. 

When we mess up our lives – you give us a new one. 

When we lose our way – You find us and guide us home. 

When we are cast out – You call us by name and take us in. 

It’s no wonder we praise You. 

It’s no wonder we love You. 

(Prayer of Confession)

Yet sometimes we seek to steal Your glory, 

to love ourselves and ignore You.  

Forgive us – and in the quiet hear our heart’s confession 

Of how we hurt others and dishonor You.  (silence …

Richard Herman

We praise You for Your goodness and love. Forgive and correct the wrong we have done. We have turned from the way of Your Son Jesus, and we have not cared for our neighbors. We have permitted pride to blind and anger to burn. We have failed to live the new life You have given us. We come to You with little to offer except our sin, and we seek Your mercy through Jesus Christ our Lord. In His name we pray. Amen.

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church

Help me, I pray, to be someone who tells the truth, even when that truth has to do with my mistakes, my sins. Help me see myself and my actions clearly. Give me the courage to admit when I’ve done wrong, whether to you, my colleagues, my family, my friends, or my neighbors.

Thank you, dear Lord, for the promise of forgiveness when we confess our sins to you. May this promise guide our behavior and embolden our hearts. Amen.

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

Loving father, there are times when it feels like we never get it right. We compare ourselves to others and we don’t measure up. It seems like we can never get our act together and live up to the standard of your perfection. Please forgive us, but please also help us to rest in your grace. Please show us your immense love as we silently confess our sins to you now…  

Submitted by Austin D. Hill