This past weekend we had the joy of worshipping with our church in Orlando. Part of the service was reading a corporate prayer. Some might call it liturgical. This past weekend I called it a gut check. Here’s the prayer from Richard Foster:
With bitterness and true compunction of heart I acknowledge before Thee gross and selfish thoughts that I so often allow to enter my mind and to influence my deeds. I confess, O God-
- …that I often deceive myself as to where my plain duty lies;
- …that often, by concealing my real motives, I pretend to be better than I am;
- …that often my affection for my friends is only a refined form of caring for myself;
- …that often my sparing of my enemy is due to nothing more than cowardice.
O holy One, let the fire of Thy love enter my heart, and burn up all this coil of meanness and hypocrisy, and make my heart as the heart of a little child.