Call to Confession: Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Prayer of Confession:
We have confessed through song who you have revealed yourself to be, and now we confess through prayer what you have revealed us to be.
We acknowledge our sin, and that we are sinners by nature. We confess that all we, like sheep, have gone astray.
We have not heeded your commandments as we should, and we have instead followed the sinful designs of our own hearts.
We confess that we have not prayed earnestly, “Search us, O God, and know our hearts.”
We confess that we don’t hate our sin nearly as much as you do, and we confess that we don’t seek to destroy our sin as earnestly as our sin seeks to destroy us.
We confess that there are still dark corners in our hearts that we don’t seek seriously enough to expose by the light of your word. There are still besetting sins in our hearts that we’re all too comfortable not confessing.
And so we pray that as we spend time confessing our sins in silence that your Spirit would answer our prayer to “search us… and know us.” Expose our hidden sins, and lead us to genuine repentance we pray.
We know that if we say “amen” to this prayer and yet we still intend to go on sinning, this prayer will have no effect on our lives.
Father, we humbly repent of our sins, and we turn to the One in faith upon whom all our iniquities were laid. Remind us that there is no sin too great for your forgiveness, and no sinner too small for your mercy. Remind us that through Christ, all our sins have been forgiven: past, present, and future. Remind us that in his death, we died; in his burial, we were buried; and in his resurrection, we were raised from the grave.
Thanks be to you, O merciful and gracious God, for your inexpressible gift of forgiveness.
We praise you, we thank you, and we pray all these things in Jesus’ name. Amen!
Assurance of Pardon: Micah 7:18-19
Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
*If you have repented of your sins, and you are united to Christ by faith, then hear these words: “In Christ Jesus, your sins have been pardoned.”