This is a prayer gleaned and slightly edited from the Book of Common Prayer of
the Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. I have adapted it from Eugene Peterson’s book Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in his Stories and Prayers.
Almighty and merciful Father,
We have erred, and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We offended against your holy law. We have left undone those things we ought to have done; and we done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no spiritual health in us.
But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders. Spare us, O God, who confess our faults. Restore us who are penitent; according to your promises declared to mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, most merciful Father, for his sake: that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous and sober life.
To the glory of your holy name. Amen