Call to Confession: I Timothy 6:6-9
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
Prayer of Confession:
Father, we praise you that we have nothing that we have not received from your gracious hand.
But we confess the truthfulness of your word that we are sinners by nature.
And we confess that we exhibit the fact that we are sinners through the sin of discontentment.
We know that one of the greatest gains in this life is contentment that springs out of a heart that is godly,
Yet we confess that we are prone to believe the lie that great gain in this life is found in the accumulation of wealth, fame, fortune, beauty, friendships, or just lots of possessions.
We confess our fascination with and love for the things of this world.
We confess also that our love for the things of this world has produced discontentment in our hearts when you don’t give us what we want, and when we get what don’t want.
We find the food and clothing that you graciously provide insufficient, and we doubt your love for us, and we find your promises to be unworthy of our belief.
Some of us have grumbled and complained out of discontent for the president-elect that we’ve received according to your good and perfect providence.
Others of us have spent the last four years grumbling in discontent for the president you’ve allowed to occupy the Whitehouse.
We confess that we so easily fall into the temptation and snares of senseless and harmful desires that are known to plunge people into ruin and destruction.
Worst of all, we begin to question your providence and doubt that you really care for us.
Father, our sins are like a heavy burden that we cannot bear.
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.
So, we ask that you hear us as we individually confess our sins in silence to you now…
Father, we humbly repent of our sins and we turn in faith to you. Forgive our iniquities and remember our sins no more.
Wash us, cleanse us, make us new. Produce in us a godliness that produces contentment. Fill us with your Spirit that we might have the power to obey your commandments, which are not burdensome.
We ask all this in Jesus’ name. Amen!
Assurance of Pardon: Romans 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
*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.”