Responsive Prayer: Regeneration

This responsive prayer is an adaptation of “Regeneration” from the Valley of Vision. It is a prayer of thanksgiving for the new life we’ve been given through Christ and a prayer of petition that God would help us live as new creatures.

O God of the highest heaven,
You are worthy to be
praised with every breath,
loved with every faculty of soul,
served with every act of life.

We were once dead in our sin,
having no eyes to see You,
no ears to hear You,
no taste to relish Your joys,
no intelligence to know You;

But Your Spirit has made us alive!
You have brought us into a new world as new creatures!
You have loved us, adopted us, and called us Your own.

Let us lay aside every sin of this world;
Help us to walk with You
that we may be salt of the earth and a blessing to all.
Amen.

–adapted from “Regeneration” (The Valley of Vision) © 1975 The Banner of Truth Trust

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Responsive Prayer of Confession

This responsive prayer of confession deals with the sin of idolatry and failure to love our neighbors. It would work well in a wide variety of worship contexts. 

God of everlasting love,
we confess that we have been unfaithful
to our covenant with you and with one another.
We have worshiped other gods: money, power, greed, and convenience.
We have served our own self-interest
instead of serving only you and your people.
We have not loved our neighbor as you have commanded, nor have we rightly loved ourselves.
Forgive us, gracious God,
and bring us back into the fullness
of our covenant with you and one another.
Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

-from The Worship Sourcebook, ©2004, Faith Alive Christian Resources

Responsive Prayer of Confession for Children

This responsive prayer of confession would be especially useful for children.

Father, we are sorry for the many times we have left you and chosen to satisfy our own selfish desires.
For the times we have hurt the members of our families by refusing to do our share of the family tasks.
Father, we have sinned. Forgive us.
For the times we were unkind and impatient with those who needed our time and concern.
Father, we have sinned. Forgive us.
For the times we were too weak to stand up for what was right and allowed others to suffer because of our cowardice.
Father, we have sinned. Forgive us.
For the times we refused to forgive others.
Father, we have sinned. Forgive us.

-from More Children’s Liturgies, ed. Maria Bruck ©1981 by Missionary Society of Saint Paul the Apostle in the State of New York

The Life Look

O God,
We bless you for the happy moment when we first saw your law fulfilled in Christ,
wrath appeased, death destroyed,
sin forgiven, our souls saved.

Ever since, you have been faithful to us:
daily have we proved the power of Jesus’ blood,
daily have we known the strength of the Spirit, our teacher, director, sanctifier.

We want no other rock to build upon than that we have,
desire no other hope than that of gospel truth,
need no other look than that which gazes on the cross.

Forgive us if we have tried to add anything to the one foundation,
if we have unconsciously relied upon our knowledge,
experience, deeds, and not seen them as filthy rags,
if we have attempted to complete what is perfect in Christ;

May our cry be always, Only Jesus! only Jesus!
In him is freedom from condemnation,
fullness in his righteousness,
eternal vitality in his given life,
everlasting union in fellowship with him;
In him we have all that we can hold;
enlarge us to take in more.

If we backslide,
let us like Peter weep bitterly and return to him;
If we are tempted, and have no wit,
give us strength enough to trust in him;
If we are weak,
may we faint upon his bosom of eternal love;
If in extremity,
let us feel that he can deliver us;
If driven to the verge of hope and to the pit of despair,
grant us grace to fall into his arms.

O God, hear us, do for us more
than we ask, think, or dream.

Amen.

adapted from “The Life Look” (The Valley of Vision) © 1975 The Banner of Truth Trust

The Great God

O Fountain of All Good,
Destroy in us every lofty thought,
Break pride to pieces and scatter it to the winds,

Annihilate each clinging shred of self-righteousness,
Implant in us true lowliness of spirit,
Abase us to self-loathing and self-abhorrence,
Open in us a fount of penitential tears,

Break us, then bind us up;
Thus will our hearts be a prepared dwelling for you, our God;

O Holy Trinity, three Persons and one God,
inhabit us, a temple consecrated to your glory.

When you are present, evil cannot abide;
In your fellowship is fullness of joy,
Beneath your smile is peace of conscience,
By your side no fears disturb,
no apprehensions banish rest of mind.

Nothing exceeds your power,
Nothing is too great for you to do,
Nothing too good for you to give,
Infinite is your might, boundless your love,
limitless your grace, glorious your saving name.
Amen.

adapted from “The Great God” (The Valley of Vision) © 1975 The Banner of Truth Trust

Responsive Prayer: A Believer’s Bible

O God of Truth, we thank you for the Holy Scriptures, their precepts, promises, directions, light.

In them may we learn more of Christ, be enabled to retain his truth and have grace to follow it.

Help us to lift up the gates of our souls that he may come in and show us himself when we search the Scriptures, for on our own we cannot fathom its depths, or soar to its heights.

By his help may we be enabled to explore all its truths, love them with all our hearts, embrace them with all our power, instill them into our lives.

God, may all grains of truth gathered from your Word take deep root and be harvested to our joy and your praise.

Help us to see your Word as treasure beyond all treasure, as a fountain which can replenish our dry hearts.

From it show us how our words have often been unfaithful to you, injurious to our fellow-men, empty of grace, full of foolishness, dishonoring to our calling.

Then write your own words upon our hearts and inscribe them on our lips; so shall all glory be to you in our reading of your Word! Through Christ, the living Word, we pray. Amen.

adapted from “A Minister’s Bible” (The Valley of Vision) © 1975 The Banner of Truth Trust

Prayer of Confession from Psalm 25

Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.

Do not remember the sins of our youth or our transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember us, for your goodness’ sake, O LORD!

Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

For your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon our guilt, for it is great. Turn to us and be gracious to us, for we are lonely and afflicted.

Relieve the troubles of our hearts, and bring us out of our distress.

Consider our affliction and our trouble, and forgive all our sins. Amen.

-adapted from Psalm 25
from The Worship Sourcebook, ©2004, Faith Alive Christian Resources