Confession: Temptation

Here’s a prayer of confession about temptation.  It comes from the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways Archive.

Prayer of Confession

God did not say,
“You shall not be tempted;
you shall not be troubled; you shall not be distressed.”
God did say, “You shall not be overcome.”
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, was led into the wilderness,
where he was tempted.
Sheltering God, Guiding God,
as you were present with Jesus in his wilderness experience,
so you are present with us:
you have urged us to trust you:
“Love me and call upon me, and I will answer you,
I will be with you in trouble, and will honor you.”

We have felt discouraged,
and at times even abandoned and betrayed by you, O God,
when all manner of things have not gone well with us.        

Lord, have mercy.

Instead of following where you lead, O God,
at times we follow a tempter who shows us a vision of the world
that is a mere counterfeit of what you desire for us.
At times, O God, we are deceived and enticed
by imitations of love, abundance, and joy.       

Christ, have mercy.

O God, when you have not answered in the ways or in the time we desire,
we have been tempted to lean on our own understanding
and not acknowledge you in all ways.
We so often have sought to control our lives and order our own steps,
often ignoring your wisdom and pushing your guidance aside.            

Lord, have mercy.
Help us to trust you to journey with us and to guide us.
Help us to rest in your promise to never leave us or forsake us. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon 
Sisters and brothers, God is at work in us and with us!
God is our clothing in which love enwraps us, holds us, and all encloses us
because of God’s tender love, so that God may never leave us. 
We are protected safely in love—in woe as in well—by the goodness of God.
 God urges us, “Keep the word near you, even on your lips and in your heart…
This word is your salvation.”

As we worship today, with the word on our lips and in our hearts,
experience the salvation of God for all manner of things in our lives.
In the promise, presence, and power of God for all manner of things, Amen.  


~ posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways Archive.