Call to Confession: Exodus 20:4-6
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
Prayer of Confession
Father God: We confess that you are our Creator. You and you alone reserve the right to create in your image, and you did that when you created mankind from the dust of the ground – in your image and according to your likeness. We confess and agree with your commandment that we must not make or serve any forbidden image and that this commandment is for your glory and for our good.
Heavenly Father, we recognize that this commandment requires that we worship you in only the ways that you prescribe that we worship you – as Jesus put it, “in Spirit and in Truth.”
Almighty God: We’re guilty of devising our own ideas about what is “spiritual” – do not handle, do not taste, do not touch – rather than submitting ourselves to ONLY what you reveal in your Word. We confess that we frequently long to hear an unverifiable message from you in our minds rather than being content to know and to believe that every time we read the Bible we are hearing from you – that it is the only way that you’ve given us to hear from you.
In addition, Father, we confess that far too often we believe or depend on our own feelings and emotions for our sense of nearness to you – as if we can find you by looking inward toward our own heart. Many times we measure our worship by whether it produces some kind of sensation or if it seems as though we’re having an experience. We confess that when we do that, we have become the object of our worship rather than you.
Lord, we confess that – like the Israelites – we are to tear down all such images and idols in our lives, grind them to dust, and burn the dust until it cannot be found. Yet we fail daily and miserably at this.
We know that if we say “amen” to this prayer and yet we still intend to go on sinning, this prayer will have no effect on our lives.
Father, we come to you now to individually confess our sins to you in silence – not by emptying our mind or our heart – but by intentional though silent prayers to the one, true God. We ask that you please hear these silent prayers of confession.
Father, we thank you that you have given those who trust Christ eyes to see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ – who is your image. We thank you that our Savior is the image of the invisible God. We thank you that if we have seen and known Christ then we have seen and known you – because Jesus Christ IS the radiance of your glory and the exact imprint of your nature. In Jesus Christ your whole fullness dwells in bodily form.
Heavenly Father, we praise you that from eternity past you planned to demonstrate to a fallen creation and to fallen mankind, through your Son, what your image looks like in this world. We thank you that in doing that you also redeemed all those who come to you in faith and repentance.
Lord, we bow before you in humility at the realization that the Son of God became man and took our sin on himself. We worship you for the grace you continually show us now by transforming us into Christ’s image.
We pray this prayer of confession in the precious name of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon: Psalm 103:8-12
Hear this assurance of pardon from God’s Word, grounded in the finished work of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ:
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. 10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
If your faith is in Jesus Christ alone, and if you have repented of your sin, then in Christ Jesus, be assured by the promises of God that all your sins, past, present, and future, have been pardoned.