Prayer of Confession: Commandments

Here’s an act of confession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Epiphany 5, Year A in the Revised Common Lectionary – especially Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and Matthew 5:21-37. It was written by Rev. Mindi and posted on Rev-o-lution. 
Prayer of Brokenness/Confession

Almighty God,
we confess that we have taken Your commandments
and turned them into rules.
We have criticized those who have fallen short
and selfishly proclaimed ourselves righteous.
We have failed to understand the spirit of the commandments
and the Way that was shown by You to live,
loving God and loving our neighbors.
Forgive us for turning Your law into burdens
for others and ourselves,
instead of a Way to love and freedom in You.
In the name of Christ,
who has given us the Way and leads us on, we pray. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon
You are loved.
Love is the Way.
When you love God, you love others.
When you truly lay down your life for others,
you lay down your life for God.
Give yourself to God by serving others.
Know that in God’s love there is forgiveness,
healing, and reconciliation. Amen.

~ written by Rev. Mindi, and posted on Rev-o-lution.