And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”

Numbers 14:4

Yesterday we presented the problem with longing to return to the predictability of bondage. Today, we invite you to join us in our confession, and repentance to the Lord.

Read as a prayer of confession:

I am deeply convicted, for I see similarities to the Israelites and their lack of faith in my life. My flesh wants comfort, immediate pleasure, instant gratification, and all for the least effort possible. Even though I know, from experience, my end-state will be full of grief and regret if I choose Egypt.

Oh Lord!

… Work faith into my faithless heart.

… Implant trust and steadfastness into these brittle bones.

… Grant me eyes to see your promised land instead of just the Nephilim.

… Create in me a heart that doesn’t flee because I know the battle is yours.

My strength is nothing. My power is a broken horn bleached beneath the wilderness sun. My soul is parched, my cistern cracked and dry. Bring faith like a flood and courage like a lion’s. May I run toward your face, leaping through the Valley of the Shadow of Death with joy, for I will fear no evil because I am at your side.

Humble yourself today before the Lord, and take rest in His promises and abundant grace.