Confess

This week we’re focusing on prayer for the easily distracted (like me), using this handy little acronym as a guide:

ACTS

A = Adoration
C = Confession
T = Thanksgiving
S = Supplication

Yesterday, we started with Adoration. Today, we’re looking at CONFESSION.

I’ll be the first to confess. I don’t confess nearly enough.

Here’s what the Bible says:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:8-9)

Once we acknowledge how awesome and perfect God is, we become more acutely aware of just how sinful we are. Confession helps us clear away the crud in our lives that displeases God and hinders our relationship with him and others.

Here’s a great model of confession from David, who was called “a man after God’s own heart” despite the fact that he was an adulterer and murderer. Pray through it with all your heart, rejoicing in the fact that you are 100% forgiven through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned.

[SPECIFY YOUR SINS HERE]

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.
(Psalm 51:1-4a, 10-12)

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