Oct 8, 2012

Prayer of Confession: Mark 10: 46-52

Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by Mark 10:46-52, where Jesus heals blind Bartimaeus.  It was written by Moira Laidlaw.


Prayer of Confession

(inspired by Mark 10:46-52)

Lord Jesus Christ, even in the midst of a large, probably noisy crowd, you helped Bartimaeus move from blindness to sight by focusing your power on his cries for mercy and healing. The crowd and the attempt by some to silence Bartimaeus did not distract you from responding to the needs of this blind beggar. This interruption to your journey provides an example of the life you call your disciples to live. The question, however, disturbs us—would we have been among those who called out for Bartimaeus to be quiet? When we find interruptions to our plans a source of irritation rather than an opportunity for serving others in your name, 
forgive us, Lord.

Bartimaeus’ desperation and cry for mercy is echoed in the lives of many people in our own communities and throughout the world. When we close our ears and our hearts to these cries and remind us that following you means responding to those who cry for mercy, 

forgive us, Lord.

Immediately Bartimaeus regained his sight, he followed Jesus on the way. The way to discipleship is entered when our eyes are graciously opened to see and to follow Christ in faith. When we find excuses to delay responding to your call to discipleship,
forgive us, Lord.

Jesus, Saviour and Lord, enlighten our minds with your wisdom, and imprint the image of your love once more on our hearts so that we can focus anew on your presence and your power whenever and wherever you call us to serve people in your name.

Assurance of Forgiveness (Hebrews 7:25)

Jesus is able for all time to save those

 who approach God through him,

since he always lives to make intercession for them.


Hear then the good news

that in and through Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God! 

~ written by Moira Laidlaw, and posted on Liturgies Online. http://www.liturgiesonline.com.au/