Prayer for Secret Sins

God, this is about the secret sins

which we have managed, we think,

to conceal from others

but which are an open book to you.

You see the sly dishonesty, the creeping pride,

the selfish preoccupation,

the lustful thoughts, the abusive actions,

the crooked business dealings, the tight-fisted stinginess

and the fear of facing consequences we deserve.

We have prepared a bitter table and sit alone.


The unseen guest at every table surprises us

with his invitation to a different banquet

where bread and wine flow freely

and where forgiveness counters all bitterness.

We come Lord Jesus, we’re your guest,

let this food to us be blest. Amen.

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Carol Penner has written a devotional book for Lent that explores the challenges of repentance and forgiveness. Forty reflections and prayers to deepen your walk with God as you prepare for Easter.  

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About Carol Penner

I am a Mennonite pastor currently teaching theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. I’ve served congregations in Ontario and most recently, Alberta.

I love to write and to lead worship! If you are finding my writing helpful, I would love to hear from you! Feel free to use or adapt the material here, it is all written by me. If printing material, please credit “Copyright Carol Penner” (and say whether you modified it). If publishing, please contact me for permission. Contact me at

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