Hand washing prayer

waterI love active sorry prayers which use a forgiveness metaphor from the Bible. This one takes the metaphor of forgiveness being like being washed clean. When I did this the other day with a family, one girl said, “That’s like what Mummy did when she went completely under the water”, referring to her Mum’s recent baptism. I hadn’t ever thought of it like that, but I think she’s right.

This activity prayer is part of our weekly Shabbat ritual which we do each Friday, where we say these words:

The Bible says that only those with clean hands and a pure heart can stand in God’s holy place (Psalm 24).

We wash our hands with water and ask Jesus to make our hearts clean.

Then we take it in turns to wash your hands in a bowl of water, or pass it on. As we wash our hands, we say our own sorry to God either out loud or silently, or we use these words:

I wash my hands to Messiah, the hope of glory, to serve Him only. For me, it’s really important to make this optional. It’s not my job to decide when and for what everyone else should repent. That’s the Holy Spirit’s job. However, given the opportunity, we’ve found that it’s often one of the most profound moments in our meal, and sometimes in our week.

We also sometimes apologise to each other, another important part of family life together.

Of course you could also do this at bath time or whenever you have water handy.

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