Thursday, February 18, 2010

Confession in Prayer

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

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

A (adoration):
C (confession): The verb “confess” means “to agree with or say the same thing.” When we confess our sins, we don’t deny it, blame it on others, or cover it up. When we confess our sins, we agree with God and what His Word says about the severity of sin. We admit that sin destroys our walk with God and we grieve with God over our sins and how it offends Him.
• Unconfessed sin hinders our prayers (Ps 66:18)
• Unconfessed sin impedes our health and joy (Ps 32:3-4)
• Unconfessed sin destroys our livelihood (Prov 28:13)
• Unconfessed sin brings deception to our lives (1 John 1:8)
• Unconfessed sin pollutes our relationship with God (1 John 1:6, 10)
Note: God does not demand sinless perfection, but He does expect His people to humble themselves and seek His forgiveness. 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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