Corporate Confession from Revive

In his essay “The Weight of Glory” C.S. Lewis says:

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

Church, this is us. The infinite God of the universe offers us himself and we are so enamored by the things of this world we trade beaches for mud. Join me in this prayer of confession before we continue our time.

Confession (on screens)

God, I confess to you that I am far too easily pleased.

You have offered me the fullness of yourself and I seek after tasteless nothings of this world.

If I am honest, I often would rather have a little money, comfort, or pleasure than have intimacy and life with you.

God, meet us in our foolish ways.

Have mercy on our foolish hearts.

Help us to see you as you really are. Give us eyes to see your glory and your beauty.

Woo us away from this world to your real gospel love.

Win our hearts and draw us to real satisfaction.

God, don’t allow us to wallow in the mud of easy pleasure.

Draw us away from the slums of our hearts to the holiday of life with you.

Let us wonder at your goodness and beauty.