Prayer: of Confession, Assurance, and Pardon

Our heavenly Father,
who by thy love has made us,
and through your love has kept us,
and in your love would make us perfectly complete:

We humbly confess that we have not loved you with all our heart and soul and mind and strength,
and that we have not loved one another as Christ has loved us. Your life is within our souls,
but our selfishness has hindered your work in us. We have not lived by faith.

We have resisted your Spirit. We have neglected your inspirations.

Forgive what we have been;
help us to amend what we are;
and in your Spirit direct what we shall be;
that you may come into the full glory of your creation, in us and in all men;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

Titus 3:5 ESV

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

Mark 11:25 ESV

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Romans 6:23 ESV

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 32:2 ESV

Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

1 John 2:2 ESV

He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Romans 6:4 ESV

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Matthew 9:6-8 ESV

But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

Acts 2:38 ESV

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

John 1:12 ESV

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

John 3:16 ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Leviticus 26:40-42 ESV

“But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers in their treachery that they committed against me, and also in walking contrary to me, so that I walked contrary to them and brought them into the land of their enemies—if then their uncircumcised heart is humbled and they make amends for their iniquity, then I will remember my covenant with Jacob, and I will remember my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.

Acts 8:36-38 ESV

And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.

 

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