Nov 12, 2017

Confession: Dishonest Managers

Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by Matthew 25: 14-30 (Jesus’ parable about the wise steward). It was posted on Jeff’s Blog.

Prayer of Confession:
Dishonest Managers
(inspired by Matthew 25:14-30)

Holy God,
you are the maker and sustainer of all things.
You teach us to be good stewards of your generosity,
but we confess that we have been dishonest managers
of your blessings.

You teach us to love our neighbor as ourselves,
but most of us are so isolated
that we don’t know our neighbor’s name.

You teach us that if we are dishonest in small things,
 we will be dishonest in greater things,
yet we treat your words as if only the big things really matter.

We have heard your high and holy standards,
and then lowered the bar so low
that we can hardly even trip over it.

We repent,
and know that our only hope is for you to treat us
with mercy and favor that we do not in any way deserve.

We are grateful for your patience with us.
We are grateful that you have blessed us
in spite of our faithlessness.
We are grateful that you continue to work through us
in spite of our selfishness.

We ask, O God, that you change our ways:
Open our minds to understand your purpose in the world around us.
Open our hearts to the hurting world around us.
Open our ears to the cry of the oppressed.
Open our eyes to see the path you would have us walk.
Open our lives that we may fallow you, no matter where you lead.

We place our lives and our futures in your mighty hands. We confess and praise and plead with you in the holy name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.