Forgive us, Lord, for using social media in a prideful way, thoughtlessly posting comments that we find witty and profound, but which others find hurtful. May the words of our mouths – and of our keyboards – be acceptable in Your sight.
Forgive us, Lord, for believing that the political process is the best way to change the world. We follow in the footsteps of generations of Christ-followers who never saw a ballot in their lives, but whose impact will ring throughout eternity. We share this planet today with millions of brothers and sisters whose lives, and whose impact, are similar to theirs. May we never diminish You to a political agenda.
Forgive us, Lord, for creating a celebrity culture among pastors and Christian authors, elevating some to a place of minimal accountability and maximum temptation. We do them no service when we isolate them, or encourage them to isolate themselves, from the ministries and safeguards of the Body of Christ that we all need. Teach our leaders to be humble and wise, and remind them that they will give an account. May they look forward to the day they hear You say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Forgive us, Lord, for holding conferences and writing books in which we say ABOUT our brothers and sisters that which we have not yet said TO them. You call us to a higher standard, and we have failed. Help us to speak the truth in love, giving equal attention to both sides of that phrase.
Forgive us, Lord, for creating institutions that we then need to protect, too often at the expense of the very people they were designed to help. We know that institutions are infamous for chewing people up and spitting them out. May it not be so among us. Make us tenacious in demanding integrity in our institutions, and in those who lead them.
Forgive us, Lord, for airing our dirty laundry through blogs. The watching world needs to see You in us, and instead they too often see bickering and vindictiveness. Make us willing to be silent, and even to be wronged, if the only other option is to bring dishonor to Your name.
Forgive us, Lord, for the clichés and superficiality with which we often talk about You in public. Forgive us for taking short cuts, for seeking the applause line or the easy “Amen!” Your truth is deep and profound, and deserves the best of our communication skills to make it known.
Forgive us, Lord, for allowing the fear of man to take first place in our hearts over the fear of God. Make us bold to believe You, even when what You say to us is hard to believe, and when it costs us the esteem of others.
Forgive me, Lord, for the mixed motivations with which I write and post this prayer. I want it to “make a splash” and be noticed, and in that desire, I see the very pride and the fear of man for which I am asking forgiveness. I am not immune to any of this, Lord. Do Your work in all of us, and start with me.
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