Aug 13, 2014

Prayer of Confession: Daniel 9

Here’s a responsive prayer of confession inspired by Daniel 9. It was posted on the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship website.

Confession
(based on Daniel 9)

Because we trust in God's covenant faithfulness,
we are free to make our confession to God
and call for his compassion.
Let us, therefore, confess our sins 
that we may be renewed in his grace.

O Master, great and awesome God.
You never waver in your covenant commitment,
never give up on those who love you and do what you say.
Yet we have sinned in every way imaginable.
We've done evil things, rebelled, dodged
and taken detours around your clearly marked paths.
Compassion is our only hope,
the compassion of you, the Master, our God,
since in our rebellion we've forfeited our rights.
Master, you are our God,
for you delivered your people from the land of Egypt
in such a show of power that
people are still talking about it!
We confess that we have sinned,
that we have lived bad lives.
Turn your ears our way, God, and listen.
Open your eyes and take a long look at us,
your people named after you.
We know that we don't deserve a hearing from you.
Our appeal is to your compassion.
This prayer is our last and only hope:
Master, listen to us!
Master, forgive us!
Through Christ, your Lamb, our Lord. Amen. 

~ from The Wings of God: Psalm 91, posted on Calvin Institute of Christian Worship website.