Confessing our sins might seem like a gloomy business—God already knows about them, so what’s the point of dwelling on failure? But confession is more celebratory than we think. It does not simply remind us of our guilt, but points us to our great Savior, who has atoned for us and lovingly pursues us despite our wandering.
These prayers open with a scriptural call of confession, confess specific sins, thank the Father for Jesus’ perfect life and death in our place, ask for the help of the Spirit in pursuing holiness, and close with an assurance of pardon.
Inspired by the Puritan classic The Valley of Vision, these prayers were developed for both personal devotions and church use.
“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
Barbara R. Duguid is the author of Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in Our Weakness and crafts the weekly liturgy for her church.
Wayne Duguid Houk is the events director and conference planner at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in Glenside, Pennsylvania.
Iain M. Duguid is professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.