A prayer based on 1 John 1:5-2:2.
We praise You our God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
That You are light and in Your there is no darkness at all.
You, O Lord, are morally pure.
You cannot co-exist or have anything to do with that which is evil.
And because You are light, You show up the way things are.
Against Your holiness and purity, You show what we are really like.
You expose the darkness in us.
The multitude of ways we break Your law.
Our rebellion and disobedience.
That we are all, like sheep, who have gone astray, turning to our own ways.
That none of us do anything that is truly good.
Our lives are full of moments when we say something we wished we never had.
When we have done something that has caused great hurt to someone.
Where we are ashamed of our actions.
Help us we pray to acknowledge who we really are before You.
To not deny it.
To not make excuses for the way we have behaved.
To not try and lesson the seriousness of our sin against You.
Father we confess that we have sinned against You.
And we are so thankful that You are a faithful and just God.
That You are faithful to Your promises.
Your promise to forgive Your people’s wickedness.
Your promise to remember Your people’s sins no more.
Your promise to cleanse them.
Your promise to purify them from all unrighteousness.
And You are just because the punishment we deserve has been taken by another.
The One who speaks to You in our defence.
Jesus Christ – the righteous One.
We thank You that for all who trust in Him, Jesus is:
pleading not their innocence;
pleading not their good points;
but pleading His sacrifice which is sufficient.
We thank You that He is our atoning sacrifice;
the One who has turns aside Your wrath against us.
That He has receive the punishment our sins deserve so that we can be forgiven.
Thank You that as we confess our sins each day, each week, each month, each year to You.
He applies His sacrifice to them.
He says to You, “You have already punished those sins; I have paid for them in My death; they can be forgiven!”
Help us, Holy Spirit, to be quick to admit our sins and accept Christ’s forgiveness.
Help us to put to death our pride, which deceives us into thinking we are better than we are.
And increase our joy which comes from knowing that we have been forgiven much and have been brought into fellowship with our Saviour and Lord.