Prayer of Confession from the Beatitudes

You have said that the poor in spirit are blessed.

Yet we pretend to be powerful and pursue the lie of self-sufficiency. Give us humble hearts and help us depend on your grace and goodness for every moment.

O humble God, we need you.

You have said that those who mourn are blessed.

Yet we would often rather numb ourselves through movies and media than open ourselves to the reality of grief in the world and in our hearts. Help us look up from our phones toward you and give us strength to be present in pain.

O comforting God, we need you.

You have said that the meek are blessed.

Yet we follow the call of advertisements and corporate ladders, pursuing the treasures of this world. Help us steward our earthly blessings well and find our true treasure in you.

O generous God, we need you.

You have said that those who desire righteousness and justice are blessed.

Yet we are so easily lulled into the comfort of complacency. Fill us with your Spirit that we might flee from sin and fight for your justice.

O holy God, we need you.

You have said that the merciful are blessed.

Yet we harbor anger and resentment in our hearts. Heal our bitterness, teach us to forgive, and help us work toward restoration in our lives and world.

O merciful God, we need you.

You have said that the pure in heart are blessed.

Yet we go about our days with mixed motives, sometimes of service and sometimes of selfishness. Purify our hearts and help us to be people of integrity and honesty.

O present God, we need you.

You have said that the peacemakers are blessed,

Yet we live in a polarized world where it is easier to take sides than build bridges. Give us ears to humbly listen and tongues seasoned with grace that we might carry your non-anxious presence through the world.

O Father God, we need you.

You have said that the persecuted are blessed,

Yet we enjoy our places of privilege in our families, our city, and this world. Give us humble hearts ready to forsake our comforts and seek those on the margins.

O blessed God, we need you.

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