Prayer based on Psalm 51

Written By:
Dave Hopwood
Bible Refs: Psalm 51
Lectionary Weeks: Ash Wednesday (Year C), Proper 19, Ordinary/Lectionary 24 (Year C)

This is a prayer based on Psalm 51, which can be used as part of an act of confession.

Excerpt from the prayer:

Have mercy on us, O Lord,
according to your incomparable, extraordinary love. 
You know about our wrongs and our mistakes and our brokenness.
Cleanse us through and through, renew us, and revive us.
Help us to forgive ourselves, for we are aware of our flaws and frailties,
and save us from false guilt, and from putting ourselves down.

We get things wrong, we know this, and we hurt you and others.
We are people with soiled hands and feet of clay.
Capable of great things, and of destructive things,
capable of healing and harm.

And you desire the best for us, you offer us a hope and a future.
Help us to face the truth about ourselves, and about you,
and as we do this we offer you our failures and successes,
our weakness and strengths, our dreams and nightmares...

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Dave is an author and speaker who loves communicating the Bible using contemporary media, humour, illustrations and stories. He is author of several books retelling the Bible including The Groovy Gospel, The Bloke’s Bible, and Film & Faith. He goes out speaking by invitation and regularly publishes ideas and material via his website:

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Marie Wiese
09 Sep 2016 16:09
Is this prayer available in powerpoint?
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