Prayer of Confession: John 6: 1-21

Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by John 6: 1-21.  It come from the Christian Aid website.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by John 6:1-21)

'Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish,
but how far will they go among so many?' John 6:9

Generous God
whose giving knows neither measure nor end,
We confess that all too often
we have kept our own hearts, hands and minds
firmly closed.

Forgive us for those times
when our own wants and wishes
have filled the horizon to the exclusion of all else,
and made us blind and deaf
to the needs and concerns of others.

Forgive us for those moments
when the fear that sharing what we have
will lead to our own impoverishment,
has kept us silent and still
when those around us are in need.

Forgive us for those situations
when seeing only a problem
rather than daring to dream a solution,
has left us fettered and powerless
where we might have been building your Kingdom.

Forgive us Father.
Help us to transcend self-centredness, greed and fear
and to always to feel, think and act
as those who know the hope
that is rooted in the generous giving of God  

~ from Christian Aid’s Weekly Prayers website.