Don’t Skip Confession
The old prayer acronym is helpful: ACTSS. The letters stand for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication, and some add Submission. In one of my prayer journals I have that written across the top of every new entry just as a reminder. Truthfully if I’m not mindful, prayer can become nothing much more than a list of things I want God to do for other people. In the ACTSS formula I’m reminded to include other important things as well … but even so I’m tempted to skim over the ‘Confession’ with a generic statement of confession that could be made by a monkey if he could talk, “Father, forgive me of all of my sins, I know they are many.” Not only does He know that, he knows them by name.
There is a reason why we are often fairly generic in our confession of sins to the Father. It might be because we are ashamed of what we have done or thought or neglected. But it also might be because we don’t want to think about our sins or we are unwilling to repent of them.
What happens when we fail to confess our sins to God?
*We are glossing over something that is powerful enough to destroy our relationship with God.
*We actually end up making light of the very thing that Jesus bore when he was crucified – our sins.
*We typically fail to address those items in our life and so they continue on, often in terribly destructive ways.
*We rob ourselves of the power of God to help us overcome and defeat the things that are weighing us down.
*We destroy our testimony as we continue on in sin without repentance. How will others ever believe they can overcome if we do not, by God’s strength, overcome the sins in our own life?
Do we really believe that God will forgive us? Do we believe that nothing we do
will cause him to love us less? Don’t we understand that his love is based on his nature and not our performance? Timothy Keller wrote, “The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”
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
Keep on Praying, JD