Category 3: Prayer as Confession
9. What Sin Do I Need to Confess from the Last 24 Hours?
“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
When we confess our sins to God, we crush their power over our lives. We battle sin every day. When we get quiet with God daily, list out what we’ve done and struggled with over the last 24 hours. We are created in His image, and so through Christ are being slowly sanctified day by day to mature in faith like Jesus. Impatience, bitterness, un-forgiveness, overspending, condemnation, criticism …we need to list all of the things we struggle with and ways we fall short, and let God minister to our healing to our hearts. The strength to repent starts with the obedience to confess.
10. Which Sins Are Repetitive in My Life, and Have I Asked God to Break Those Strongholds?
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
When sins and struggles begin to show up daily, they could be strongholds in our lives. Situations of conflict and unrest weigh on our hearts when they are not resolved because we seek reconciliation we cannot force by our hand. Confession can be shared with trusted friends and mentors. We should all have a handful of prayer warriors that can lift us up in prayer when we struggle with something that keeps weighing on our hearts and weighing down. It’s important to guard our hearts, so we must prayerfully consider what we share and who we share with. But asking for prayer reminds us we are not alone. We fight together, and for each other, as Christ fights for us.
11. Have I Asked God to Search My Heart?
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Psalm 139:23
There are undoubtedly roots of sin in our lives that have grown in too deep for us to weed out symptomatically. Sometimes the hurts and hangups in our lives, and sins we struggle with, have deeper beginnings and foundations we can’t see or understand. Prayer for God to search our hearts, renew them, and cleanse them of our hidden sin, covers anything lingering in our hearts and making us sick with hidden sin. God is compassionate in His care for us, and faithful to reveal the cause of our suffering so we can completely heal.