Here is a prayer of confession and commitment for Proper
1 4A (August 7, 20 ), based on three of the suggested lectionary texts for that Sunday: Genesis 3 1 1 7: 1- 4, 1 2- (where Jospeh is sold into slavery by his own brothers); Matthew 28 1 4: 2 2-33 (where Peter attempts to follow Jesus’ example by walking on water); and I Kings : 1 9 9- (where the prophet Elijah finds himself fleeing for his life from Queen Jezebel). 18
Confession & Commitment
(based on Gen. 3
7: 1- ; Matt. 28 1 4: 2 2-33; I Kings : 1 9 9- ) 18
we confess that we do not always understand Your ways.
We are easily discouraged when life takes unexpected turns
and our carefully laid plans and dreams come to nothing.
We confess that we are quick to give up when things get difficult,
and quick to question Your presence and Your power.
Grant us patience to wait for Your good timing.
Open our eyes to recognize Your leading in our lives—
to listen for Your gentle whisper when we least expect it.
And then give us courage to step out in faith and obedience,
trusting in Your leading even when we cannot yet see the outcome.
We praise You for Your faithful love,
and pray that You would make us worthy to bear Your name.