Confession: Seeking Transformation

Here’s a beautiful prayer of confession inspired by Luke 10: 38-42 (the story of Mary and Martha’s encounter with Jesus).  It was written by Moira Laidlaw.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Luke 10: 38-42)

Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that the distractions and busyness of our lives
make it difficult to listen deeply to your voice.

Transform our priorities
so that we make space in our lives to be quiet and listen to you.

Jesus, seeker of the lost,
we confess to becoming so shaped by the values of this age
that your call on our lives is increasingly hard to hear.

Transform our values
so that they are shaped by your concern for the unloved and unlovely,
and for the weak and powerless in our society.

Jesus, friend of the poor,
we confess that too often any mission and outreach planning
is weighed against economic viability.

Transform our thinking
so that we risk believing that all things are held together,
not by the bottom financial line, but by you.

Jesus, bearer of reconciliation,
we confess that all too often in our faith communities,
we harbor thoughts which estrange
and make us hostile towards one another.

Transform our hearts
so that we are filled with the desire to forgive one another
and to make peace.

Jesus, source of our faith,
we confess that we forget all too quickly the words we say,
and pray, and sing, in our time of worship.

Transform our lives
so that they remain connected to you at all times and in all places.

Optional sung response: O Lord, hear my prayer (Taize)

Jesus, Saviour and Lord,
may the posture of our lives be shaped by listening to you;
the goodness of our lives be shaped by love for you;
and the service of our lives be shaped by a humility like yours.
This we pray in your name. Amen

~ written by Moira Laidlaw, and posted on Liturgies Online.