“Against you, and 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). Then 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 God’s call upon his life. Read Psalm 51 to hear his heart on the matter.
Loving Father, help me to keep short accounts with You from day to day, so that I am not overcome with sin. May Your Holy Spirit convict me quickly so that I may confess and repent of my sins before You. Thank You for promising to forgive when I come before You with a “broken and contrite heart.”
–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 on the book.
Praise God as the eternal and triune God—the mystery of God in three persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thank him for promising to make all believers one, just as the three persons of God are one (Jn. 17:20-23). Confess any tendency in your conversations or thoughts to work against this oneness of mind and purpose in the church. Commit yourself to working toward the unity of believers that is beautiful in God’s sight (Psalm 133). Ask God to make you more sensitive to his will and purpose in this area.
Pray that less important issues and controversies not be allowed to prevent the church from “being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose” (Phil. 2:2).
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