Prayer of Confession from Psalm 82 and James 1

Father God, too often we show preference to people who are self-motivated, self-made, and self-sufficient. We honor the rich and look past the poor. We invite those with prestige and power to sit in seats of privilege, while we leave the lowly and humble to stand outside and apart. Our hearts are far from you when we respect those who look good on the outside, and we reject those who appear unclean. Forgive us, we pray, for our neglect, for our selfishness of mind and heart. Conform us to your character. Amen.