A Confession From 1662

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A General Confession

Confession is a form of prayer that highlights our dependency on God’s marvellous grace.¬†Throughout Christian history, many beautiful confessions have been¬†written.

However, I think the Book of Common Prayer is one of the most beautiful documents written in Christian history. It has many thoughtful and heartfelt Reformed prayers including many confessions that not only teach the right doctrine but also stir affections and provoke the imagination. Please allow me to share my favourite confession with you:

“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 we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesu 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.”

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