Prone to Wander
Prayers of Confession and Celebration
“Forgive us our sins ….”
“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.” But what are “those things”? Why do we confess them? The purpose of confessing our sins is not simply to remind us what great sinners we are, but rather to point us to the great Savior we have.
In a new book inspired by the Puritan classic The Valley of Vision, this volume provides specific prayers of confession in response to particular Scripture passages. They are ideal for use in church or in personal devotions.
These prayers thank God for Jesus’ perfect righteousness and substitutionary atonement for our sins and ask for the help of the Spirit in pursuing holiness. They close with a scriptural assurance of pardon in Christ for the sins of God’s people. Appendices include the hymns referenced in each prayer, as well as the sermon texts that accompanied these confessions as they were originally used in worship services.
“This book calls us into the light, humbles us in our varied needs, delights us in God’s many mercies. It is a resource for worshiping honestly and well. And it is a resource for living honestly and well.” — David Powlison, Faculty Member, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF)
“Duguid and Houk show how the heart longing for reconciliation with God can find peace and beauty in biblical confession. Long ago, another wrote that grace is not sweet if sin is not bitter. Duguid and Houk help us to face the bitter to taste the sweet.” —Bryan Chapell, Senior Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church
“This book has many virtues. One is its flexibility in being adaptable to a range of situations, including public worship and private devotions. . . . The book covers the whole of the Christian life. I love its overall aims and the method, as well as the execution of details.” —Leland Ryken, Professor of English, Wheaton College