Friday, April 17, 2015

Sins

Merciful Lord,

Pardon all my sins of this day, week, year, all the sins of my life,
sins of early, middle and advanced years
      of omission and commission,
      of morose, peevish and angry temper,
      of speech, life and walk,
      of hard-heartedness, unbelief, presumption, pride,
      of unfaithfulness to the souls of men,
      of lack of bold decision in the cause of Christ,
      of deficiency in outspoken zeal for his glory,
      of bringing dishonour upon your great name,
      of deception, injustice, untruthfulness in my dealings with others,
      of impurity in thought, word and deed,
      of covetousness, which is idolatry,
      of things unduly hoarded, unwisely squandered and not given to your glory as the great giver.

Sins in private and in the family,
      in study and recreation,
      in the study of your word and the neglect of it,
      in prayer irreverently offered and coldly withheld in time misspent,
      in yielding to Satan’s charms,
      in opening myself to his temptations,
      in being unwatchful when I know him to be near,
      in quenching the Holy Spirit.

Sins against light and knowledge,
      against conscience and the restraints of your Spirit,
      against the law of eternal love.

Pardons all my sins, known and unknown,
      felt and unfelt,
      confessed and not-confessed,
      remembered or forgotten.

Good Lord, hear; and hearing, forgive.
Amen



(adapted from the Valley of Vision, p158)

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