Call to Confession: Pro 28:13
“He who covers his sins shall not prosper: but he who confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.”
Gracious and merciful God,
Once again we limp to you and we cast ourselves down at the footstool of your grace.
We do not hide the fact that we are unworthy servants, who have transgressed your law in many ways and at many times.
What’s more, we confess the secrets of our hearts, for we know that you see what we hide in the labyrinth of our souls. You know the pride, anger, impatience, lust, vanity, profaneness, and distrust. Although these are kept from the public eye, they all alike are plain to you. For you are the Searcher of Hearts.
And it would be foolish (and even reckless) to try and conceal them or disavow their existence. So we admit them, and hold to the promise of your word.
Lord, we pray that, you might now grant us mercy and forgiveness. We ask that you would pardon us and free us from the guilt that we have incurred and the penalties that such things require.
We pray that you would grant us the benefits of Christ’s life and bitter death. May we be numbered among those who have been washed in his blood and cleansed by his atoning sacrifice.
And may your Spirit be that which lifts our heads and confirms us in this sweet salvation.
Lord, hear our prayer, for it is in the truthfulness of your word that we set our hopes. Amen
Assurance of Pardon: Psa 103:10-12
“He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”
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