Here’s a prayer of confession based on Deuteronomy 18:15-20, the suggested Old Testament reading for January 29, 2012 (the fourth Sunday after Epiphany). It was written by Richard J. Fairchild.
Prayer of Confession
(based on Deuteronomy 18:15-20)
from you comes all truth, all healing,
all that makes our world good and whole.
Forgive us, O Lord,
those times when we have listened to those
who do not speak for you.
Forgive us for the weakness that has led us at times
to seek the water of life at springs which can never satisfy.
Forgive us for not testing the spirits that are around us:
forgive us too for how we play with empty knowledge
and delight in useless predictions
that help neither us or those around us.
Have mercy on us and speak once again to us.
Help us to hear the word you send
and to turn away from the words that come from false prophets
and those who do not know your ways.
............... (silent prayer) ...............
Lord, hear our prayer.
Touch us and make us whole.
Assurance of Pardon
(based on 2 Chronicles 7:14)
This is the promise of God:
"If my people humble themselves and pray
and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,
then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin
and will heal their land.
— written by Richard J. Fairchild, on his Kir-shalom website.
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