“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Have you ever had seasons where it seemed the Lord was not hearing your prayers? Did you discover that you had unconfessed sin in your life during that time? Before coming to the Lord with our petitions and intercession, it is crucial to examine our hearts before Him to “see if there be any wicked way” (Psalm 139) in ourselves. Confess all known sin to God before entering into prayer. Ask Him to reveal any sins that you haven’t been aware of. Then, you can confess these sins, and repentantly ask the Lord for His forgiveness. Perhaps the most godly prayer of repentance is simply, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner” (Luke 18:14)!
Father, I never want to have sin interrupt our relationship. Help me to be very sensitive to sin in me, and to immediately confess sin whenever I become aware of it. Thank you for your forgiveness.
–Taken from Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings) by David and Kim Butts
Express your praise to God as the compassionate Father (Ps. 103:13). Thank him for desiring only good things for his children, including you (Lk. 11:11-13). Confess those times when you have not wanted what God wanted for you or others. Commit yourself to seeking first God’s desire—his kingdom and his righteousness (Mt. 6:33). Ask God to “fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Col. 1:9).
Pray for Christians living in oppressive conditions, that God’s desire for spreading his Word may be so strong in their hearts that they speak the Word boldly, without fear.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend