Jesus, you ask to be our Teacher,

but we choose to question your ways and reject your wisdom.

You ask to be our Companion,

but we choose to befriend things that are shallow and temporary.

You ask to be our Comforter,

but we choose to wallow in our grief and self-absorption.

You ask to be our Lord,

but we choose to call our own shots.

And we are hurting, we are broken and we have wounded others

because we too often follow you in name alone.


Forgive us, and invite us again to be your disciples, we pray.

And may this act of prayer be a first step along the road of obedience

that you call us to walk.


In Your Name.