Thursday, September 22, 2016

Prayer of Confession: Help Us To Be Tuned In


God,

Even though you want to have connection with us, sometimes the idea of praying seems foreign and scary. Sometimes we feel ashamed and guilty because we don’t think we pray as much as we should.

Our understanding of prayer remains limited and we feel stuck.

And sometimes when we pray we are shallow, treating you like some kind of a vending machine instead of being aware of your presence that already surrounds us. We are one-sided, asking always for mercy and compassion, but not pursuing the same in your world.

Forgive us.

Help us to be tuned in and to appreciate the fullness of your love. Help us to shed our self-interest and find joy in serving, in doing the work you’ve given us of setting things right.

Thank you that you continually move within and around us. Give us eyes to see and eyes to hear.

Amen