Prayer: Of Confession

Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from Thy ways like lost sheep.
We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.
We have offended against Thy holy laws.
We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and
we have done those things which ought not to have done.
But thou, o Lord, have mercy upon us.
Spare Thou those, o God, who confess their faults.
Restore Thou those who are penitent,
according to Thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord.
And grant, o most merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life;
to the glory of Thy holy name. Amen.

(Romans 3:23 ESV)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

(Psalm 51:1-5 ESV)
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

(Acts 19:18 ESV)
Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices.

(James 4:17 ESV)
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

(John 20:22-23 ESV)
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

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