The Prayer of General Confession
This Prayer of General Confession comes from the 1637 Scottish Book of Common Prayer. You will notice a few spelling differences, but the meaning of the prayer is quite clear. As you prepare for worship today, I encourage you to say this prayer aloud. It has a way of cleansing the soul so we are ready to hear the word of the Lord.
Almighty and most mercifull Father, we have erred and strayed from thy wayes, like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts: we have offended against thy holy Laws, wee have left undone those things which wee ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done : and there is no health in us : but thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders : Spare thou them, O God, which confesse their faults : Restore thou them that be penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankinde in Christ Jesu our Lord : and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name, and the salvation of our own souls. Amen.