Ancient, Confession, Need Or Trial

Christ Of My Failures – St Augustine

Lord, I commit my failures as well as my successes into your hands, and I bring for your healing the people and the situations, the wrongs and the hurts of the past. Give me courage, strength and generosity to let go and move on, leaving the past behind me, and living the present to the full. Lead me always to…

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Biblical, Confession

Daniel’s Confession Prayer

Daniel 9:15–19 Now, Lord our God, who brought your people out of Slavery with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from your city, your holy hill. Our sins and…

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Ancient, Confession, Short

The Prayer Of Ambrose

O Lord, all merciful: Light within me the fire of your Holy Spirit. Take away this heart of stone and give a heart of flesh and blood, a heart to love and adore you, a heart which may delight in you, love you and praise you, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

Ancient, Confession, Short

Purity Prayer – St Gregory The Great

Almighty God, To whom all hearts are open, All desires known, And from whom no secrets are hidden, Cleanse our hearts, By the breath of your Holy Spirit, That we may fully love you, And praise well your holy name. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. – Gregory The Great / Pope Gregory The First (~540-604) – Modern translation for clarity

Biblical, Confession

Confession Prayer From Ezra

Ezra 9:6–9 I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens. From the days of our ancestors until now, our guilt has been great. Because of our sins, we and our kings and our priests have been subjected…

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Confession

Confession – Paul E. Engle

Almighty God; we enter your presence confessing the things we try to conceal from you and the things we try to conceal from others. We confess the heartbreak, worry, and sorrow we have caused, that make it difficult for others to forgive us, the times we have made it easy for others to do wrong, the harm we have done…

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Confession, Short

Confession – Too Heavy To Carry

Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which…

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Confession, Peace

I Repent – Eugene Peterson

I repent, Lord. I repent.   I have been wrong in supposing that I could manage my own life and be my own god; I have been wrong in thinking I had, or could get, the strength, education and training to make it on my own; I trust that God in Jesus Christ is telling me the truth.   I…

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Confession, Relationships

Prayer For Those I Hurt – Thomas a Kempis

I pray for all those whom I have in any way grieved, vexed, oppressed, or scandalized, by word or deed, knowingly or unknowingly, that you may forgive all our sins and offences against each other. Take away, O Lord, from our hearts all suspiciousness, indignation, anger, and contention, and whatever is calculated to wound charity or to lessen love of…

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Confession

Wanderer’s Repentance – Bob Hostetler

Lord God, Lover of my soul, you have done so much for me. You have made known to me the path of life and filled me with joy in your presence (Psalm 16:11). Yet, I confess that I am prone to wander, prone to leave the God I love. Please have mercy on my feeble and fickle heart, and help…

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Ancient, Confession

My Feet Are Dirty – Origen

Jesus, my feet are dirty. Come even as a slave to me, pour water into your bowl, come and wash my feet. In asking such a thing I know I am overbold, but I dread what was threatened when you said to me, “If I do not wash your feet I have no fellowship with you.” Wash my feet then,…

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Confession, Mystics

Throne Within – Bernard of Clairvaux

Lord God, Come quickly and reign on Your throne within me! For something rises and tries to take possession of your throne; Pride, greed, uncleanness and laziness want to be my kings. And then evil-words, anger, hatred, and a whole band of evil join the war trying to rule me. I resist them, I cry out against them. I say…

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