A prayer confessing our sinful nature.
We are ashamed.
We want to hide from You.
For we have sinned against You.
Our iniquities have risen higher than our heads.
Our guilt has reached up to the heavens.
In the light of Your goodness and greatness and glory, we have every reason to cry out, “Woe is us, for we are ruined.”
And “Unclean, unclean” like the leper under the law,
How can we stand before You, our Lord, our King?
You are a consuming fire.
We humble ourselves before You, painfully aware that we have sinned Father, against heaven and against You.
That we are not worthy to be called Your children.
Yet You invite us to seek You and to call on You.
To forsake our wicked ways and evil thoughts.
And to turn to You with the promise that You will have mercy and freely pardon,
because with You, Lord, there is forgiveness;
there is steadfast love;
there is plentiful redemption.
You will be faithful and just and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
So, Father, we confess that we are sinners by nature and by choice.
Because of Adam’s disobedience we are sinful since the time we were conceived.
We are rightly called rebels from the womb;
children of wrath, and along with everyone else, we are sons of disobedience.
We have all turned aside from Your original purposes for us.
We have fallen short of Your glory – the glory You intended for us to display as those made in Your image.
Filthy, vile, and helpless are we.
And before You the righteous judge to whom we are accountable, we deserve nothing but condemnation.
God be merciful to us, we pray.
Our hope is in You.
Salvation is from You alone.
Deliver us from all our transgressions.
Cleanse us from all our unrighteousness.
Wash away our sins.
Remove our guilt.
Declare us innocent in Your sight.
Graciously forgive the great debt we owe to You as we trust in Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ;
the One who came to save His people from their sins;
who was has redeemed us from the curse of law by becoming a curse for us;
in order that Your blessing might come to us.
We thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your sinless life.
That You never fell short of Your Father’s glory.
That You kept the law and did so on our behalf.
We thank You, that You died in our place, for our sins, experiencing the wrath of God, so that we never will.
We are truly amazed that You would do this for us.
What grace and love which is undeserving!
We magnify You and praise You, our mighty Saviour’s name.