A Prayer of Penitence

Especially for pastors and those in ministry

O God,

I know that I often do your work without your power,
and sin by my dead, heartless, blind service,
my lack of inward light, love, delight,
my mind, heart, tongue moving without your help.

I see sin in my heart in seeking the approval of others;
This is my vileness, to make others’ opinion my rule,
when I should instead see what good I have done,
and give you glory,
consider what sin I have committed and mourn for it.

It is my deceit to preach and pray,
and to stir up others’ spiritual affections
in order to receive compliments,
when instead my rule should be daily to consider myself more vile
than anyone else in my own eyes.

But you show your power through my frailty,
so that the more feeble I am, the more fit to be used,
for you establish the presence of your grace in my weakness.

Help me to rejoice in my infirmities and give you praise,
to acknowledge my deficiencies before others and not be discouraged by them, that they may see your glory more clearly.

Teach me that I must act by a power supernatural,
through which I can attempt things above my strength,
and bear evils beyond my strength,
acting for Christ in all, and having his superior power to help me.

– The Valley of Vision (adapted)

From Trevin Wax at Kingdom People

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