Prayer of Confession: Matthew 15:21-28

Here’s a prayer of confession based on Matthew 15:21-28, one of the scripture texts for August 14, 2011 (the ninth Sunday after Pentecost). 

Prayer of Confession
(Matthew 15:21-28)

Merciful God,
we confess that, just like Jesus’ disciples,
we too sometimes lose patience with people who need our help and support.
Like the disciples, we find ourselves wishing that they would just go away
and leave us in peace.

In Your mercy, forgive us.
Remind us again of the deep love You showed toward us
when we were still in need—
a love so deep that it sent You willingly to the cross on our behalf.

Show us how to love others as You have loved us.
Teach us Your compassion,
so that we may be Your hands and feet to those in need.
In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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