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This Confession is one of the most beautiful heartfelt confessions I have ever read.  Please take time to read it in its entirety. May God richly bless you as you spend time on your knees.

  • Merciful Lord, You are longsuffering and full of compassion I have sinned.
    Lord, I have sinned against You; O wretched man that I am I have sinned against You, much and grievously in observing lying vanities.
  • I conceal nothing: I make no excuses.
    I give You glory, O Lord, this day.
  • I condemn myself for my sins.
    Indeed I have sinned against the Lord and (thus and thus) have I done.
    I have sinned and perverted that which was right and it profited me not.
    And what shall I now say {or with what shall I open my mouth}
    What shall I answer, seeing I have done it?
    Without plea, without excuse, self-condemned am I.
    I have destroyed myself. O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but unto me confusion of face. And You are just in all that is brought upon me: for You have done right, but I have done wickedly.
  • And now, Lord, what do I wait for?
    My hope is in You.
    Truly my expectation is from You.
    If hope of salvation remains to me, if Your loving kindness vanquishes the multitude of mine iniquities, O remember what my substance is, the work of Your hands, the likeness of Your countenance, the reward of Your blood, a name from Your name, a sheep of Your pasture, a son of Your covenant.
  • Forsake not the work of Your own hands.
    Have You made in vain Your own image and likeness? In vain, if You destroy it. And what profit is there in my blood? Your enemies will rejoice. May they never rejoice, O Lord. Grant not to them my destruction.
  • Look upon the face of Your Anointed and by the blood of Your covenant by the propitiation for the whole world.
    Lord, be merciful to me a sinner, even to me, O Lord, of sinners the first, the chief, and the greatest.
  • For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity for it is great; greater it cannot be.
    For Your name’s sake, that name beside which none other under heaven is given among men whereby we must be saved.
  • The Spirit Himself helping our infirmities and making intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered.
    For the fatherly yearnings of the Father, the bloody wounds of the Son, the unutterable groaning’s of the Spirit.
  • O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive;
    O Lord, hearken and do not defer, for Your own sake O my God.
    For I acknowledge my transgressions:
    and my sin is ever before me;
    I remember my sins in the bitterness of my soul I am sorry for them;
    I turn back with groans
    I have indignation and revenge and wrath against myself.
    I abhor and bruise myself, that my penitence. Lord, O Lord is not deeper, is not fuller.
  • Lord, I repent help my impenitence that I may not more, and still more pierce You, rend, crush my heart.
    And remit, pardon, forgive all things that are grief unto me and offence of heart.
  • Cleanse me from secret faults keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins.
  • Magnify Your mercies towards this utter sinner; and in season. Lord, say to me.
    Be of good cheer; Your sins are forgiven You;
    My grace is sufficient for You.
    Say unto my soul, I am Your salvation.
  • Why are You cast down, O my soul? and why are You disquieted in me?
    Return unto Your rest, O my soul; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with You.
  • O Lord, rebuke me not in Your anger neither chasten me in Your hot displeasure.
    I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
  • Lord, all my desire is before You;
    and my groaning is not hid from You.
  • Have mercy upon me, O God according to Your loving kindness:
    according to the multitude of Your tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
  • You shall arise, and have mercy on me, O Lord:
    for the time to favor me, yea, the set time, is come.
  • If You, Lord, should mark iniquities O Lord, who shall stand?
    Enter not into judgment with Your servant;
    for in Your sight shall no man living be justified.

Book: PRAYERS FOR THE WEEK FROM THE PRIVATE DEVOTIONS OF LANCELOT ANDREWES
Author: BY: ALEXANDER WHYTE, D.D.
Publisher: OLIPHANT ANDERSON AND FERRIER
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2013