In the video series The Bible More Than You Expected I have mentioned confession several times. God wants us to confess not because He needs to hear it but because we need to say it. I find when I don’t confess it’s as if there is something between us that makes conversation and connection – prayer – less than it can be. God doesn’t move, I do. When I don’t know where to start I use this list. I found it in a book called The Divine Hours – A Manual for Prayer by Phyllis Tickle. It helps me and I thought it might help you too.

 

I have not loved you with my whole heart, and mind, and strength.  I have not loved my neighbors as myself.  I Have not forgiven others, as I have been forgiven.

Have Mercy on Me Lord

I have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us.  I have not been true to the mind of Christ.  I have grieved your Holy Spirit.

Have Mercy on Me Lord

I confess to you Lord, all my past unfaithfulness; the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience in my life,

I confess to you Lord.

My self-indulgent appetites and ways, and my exploitation of other people,

I confess to you Lord.

My anger at my own frustration, and my envy of those more fortunate than I,

I confess to you Lord.

My intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and my dishonesty in daily life and work,

I confess to you Lord.

My negligence in prayer and worship, and my failure to commend the faith that is in me.

I confess to you Lord.

Accept my repentance, Lord, for the wrongs I have done; for my blindness to human need and suffering, and my indifference to injustice and cruelty,

Accept my repentance Lord.

For false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward my neighbors, and for my prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from me,

Accept my repentance Lord.

For my waste and pollution of your creation, and my lack of concern for those who come after us,

Accept my repentance Lord.

 

Restore me, good Lord, and let your anger depart from me,

Favorably hear me for your mercy is great.

Accomplish in me and all peoples the work of your salvation,

That I may show forth your glory in the world.

Written by Elizabeth Murphy