Out of sheer grace You have called us into a covenant relationship of love with Yourself, based on Your promises to us in Christ. And You have graciously given us the gift of baptism and the Lord’s Supper to seal, remember, and celebrate that relationship.
Yet we confess that we have not handled these ordinances as the precious treasures that they are. The ordinances celebrate what You have accomplished, but we distort and neglect them in order to celebrate our own accomplishments. In our arrogance we even misuse baptism by counting the number of people we have baptized as a measure of our own success or failure. Oh God, forgive us for our foolish pride!
Like, we have allowed the Lord’s Supper to become a meaningless, neglected ritual. We have so devalued it that we find ourselves become aggravated when we have to try to “fit it in” to our worship services. Because we don’t comprehend how the Lord’s Supper proclaims the Gospel, we neglect it in favor of things that “feel” more spiritual.
Father, forgive us for this false “wisdom,” and give us the faith to trust means that You have chosen to give grace to Your people.
So we pray in the name of Jesus, because we know that our hope to be forgiven and changed rest solely on His life, death and resurrection, which these these ordinances proclaim. Amen.
At a recent training event on the ordinances, all of us in attendance were led in this “Prayer of Confession.”