Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12, Luke 6:20-22). It comes from David Bostrom’s blog.
Confessing the Beatitudes
(inspired by Matthew 5: 3-12)
Lord Jesus, you taught us that in Your kingdom,
“Blessed are the poor in spirit” —
but we have been rich in pride.
“Blessed are those who mourn” —
but we have not known much sorrow for our sin.
“Blessed are the meek” —
but we are rebellious by nature.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” —
but we have great desire for evil and little longing for Your true goodness.
“Blessed are the merciful” —
but we are harsh and impatient.
“Blessed are the pure in heart” —
but we have impure hearts.
“Blessed are the peacemakers” —
but we have not sought reconciliation.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness” —
but our lives do not challenge the world. “
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you
and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me” —
but we have hardly made it known that we are yours.
Lord, have mercy on us and forgive us all of our sins.
Renew us and lead us by your Holy Spirit
so that we may seek first your kingdom and Your righteousness
and walk joyfully in the way of Your blessing. “
~ posted on David Bostrom, on Pastor David Bostrom’s Blog. http://dbostrom.wordpress.com/2007/10/07/confessing-the-beatitudes/