Prayers of Confession on Sanctification
Heavenly Father, You have gone to great lengths to redeem us by Your Son Jesus Christ. Furthermore, You invite us into a life of hope, joy, and freedom. And yet, we forget, Lord. We forget that You have sanctified us for greater things. We confess that we abandon You when our comfort is threatened. We admit that we get consumed with serving ourselves and our own interests. Have mercy on us. Father, cause us to turn our gaze squarely back on You. Speak to our fearful hearts. Forgive us and open our eyes and ears to a greater awareness of You, and to the adventure of living for Your glory each and every day. May we represent You well this week, acting as instruments of Your hands and feet. We pray this humbly in Christ’s Name. Amen.
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
Lord Jesus Christ, you call us to high standards, and we continuously fall short. You tell us to turn the other cheek and go the extra mile; to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Not only do we fail to comply with these commands, we find them so outlandish that we don’t even try to live up to them. Forgive us for our failures and for our fatigue; for our stubbornness and for our sin. Hear us now as we continue to confess our sins in silence…
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Submitted by Chip Hardwick
Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. But thou, 0 Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent; according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, 0 most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.
Thomas Cranmer, The Book of Common Prayer, Great Confession for Morning and Evening Prayer.