Sunday, February 28, 2010

Confession in Prayer: Part 2

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account” (Romans 4:7-8).

A tool to help you to pray (A.C.T.S.)

A (adoration):
C (confession): With adoration, there are “You are” statements (“You are a holy God”), but in confession, there are “I am” statements (I am a sinner). The word “confess” does refer to an acknowledgment of Jesus Christ as Lord (Romans 10:9), but in this acronym, confession has more to do with acknowledging or admitting one’s sins before a holy God. When we confess our sins, we agree with God and what His Word says about the severity of sin. What does the Bible say about sin?
• All sin is sin against God (Matt 5:21-28)
• Sin separates us from God (Rom 3:23)
• Sin breaks the law of God (1 John 3:4)
• Sin brings forth death (Rom 6:23; James 1:15; 1 John 5:16)
• Christ died on the cross for your sins (Rom 8:3-4; 1 Pet 2:24)
You will not grow as a Christian unless you come open and humble with your sins. God is pleased with the “broken and contrite heart” (Ps 51:17).
T (thanksgiving):
S (supplication or intercession):

• Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any sin that is hindering your walk with God.
• Immediately confess that sin and seek the Lord’s forgiveness. He is eagerly waiting for you!

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