That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish. Joel 2:12-13 (NLT)
Heavenly Father, through the wooing of this passage, your Spirit has generated grief in our hearts, and your kindness now leads us to repentance. No longer condemned for our sins, we gladly accept the ongoing conviction of our sins. Hear our confession, in response to your mercy, compassion, and unfailing love.
- We confess what people think of us matters too much to us. We are too sensitive and too proud
- We confess that our joy is too dependent on pleasant circumstances and getting our way
- We confess misusing words through harshness, flattery, and gossip
- We confess binging on fear and worry, rather than feasting on your truth and grace
- We confess hoarding our brokenness and weakness, rather than letting friends enter our pain and suffering
- We confess indulging irritation and justifying our resentment, rather than forbearing with others and forgiving them as Jesus has forgiven us
- We confess prayerlessness, self-sufficiency, busyness
- We confess where we are in the “org chart” impacts us more than who we are in Christ
Have mercy on us, Father, have mercy on me. If you dealt with us according to our sins, we could not stand. If you repaid us for all our transgressions, we would despair forever. But our hope is sure, for it is built on nothing less, more, and other than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
We bless you, Father, for the gift of Jesus—for his perfect life lived for us, and his judgment-exhausting death on the cross. Thank you for forgiving us, and for declaring us righteous in Christ, and for promising to finish your grace-full work of salvation in us. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name.