Prayer of Confession: 1 Kings 21

Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by the events in 1 Kings 21.  It was written by Heather A. Moody.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by 1 Kings 21)

We confess, O God,
that there are times when
what we want far exceeds what we need. 
We often go to great lengths to acquire what we desire. 

Like King Ahab, we become resentful and sullen
when we don’t get our way.  
We are reluctant to acknowledge
the consequences of our own actions,                          
ignoring your cries for justice. 

Even when we live more simply,
we remain tempted to judge what other people do and say. 
Our judgments produce labels that we apply with ease,
erecting barriers to your grace. 

How can we love our neighbors as ourselves
with such barriers in place?

~ written by Heather A. Moody, and posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website.