“Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge” (Psalm 51:4).
Confession is simply agreeing with God concerning our sin. Like the parable of the lost son, we must say to the Lord, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you” (Luke 15:21)…and we will hear Him say lovingly to us, “For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (Luke 15:24). As soon as we confess with a repentant heart, we have His forgiveness! Repentance is when we determine to make a change in our mind and our will that comes out of deep sorrow for sin. It leads to a transformation of lifestyle! David certainly determined to live a life worthy of the Lord’s call upon His life.
Lord, please help me to live a life of repentance. Help me to always acknowledge my sin before you. May no sin rule over me.
–Adapted from Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings) by David and Kim Butts. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Reflect on Jn. 8:44. Pray against the influence of Satan—”the father of lies”—as he attempts to subvert the spread of the gospel throughout the earth. Ask that his lies will be exposed in every arena of life.
Praise the Rock—the one whose works are perfect and whose ways are just (Deut. 32:4). Thank him for being the God of truth. Confess any times that you have believed the lies of Satan and acted accordingly. Commit yourself to speaking only the truth in every situation (Eph. 4:25). Ask God to help you be a truthful person in whom he would delight (Ps. 12:2).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.