In our Sunday school class, we were talking about the Lord’s Prayer. We are doing a study where we use the model of how Jesus taught His disciples to pray, to help guide us in our own personal prayer time.
Today, I was thinking about prayers of confession. Besides communion Sundays, sometimes I don’t really take the time to confess my sins before the Lord. Honestly, I may consciously think that something is wrong or a bad decision, but sometimes I don’t actually take the time to pray and ask God for forgiveness and if I have wronged someone else, to ask forgiveness from them too.
The most frequent people that I ask for forgiveness are my children and my husband. The people I love the most unfortunately at times also see the worst that I have to offer. Very humbling and at times frustrating.
I just wanted to encourage you (as I have been encouraged by this study today) to take time to confess to God. I know that these prayers have at many times in my life been very therapeutic. Taking time to confess my short-comings also has a tendency of reminding me how very big our God is- and there is comfort in His Power and Strength- in His Lordship in my life. Being under His Discipline as His child.
There is safety and peace in that- I know He will not lead me astray.
Praying today that we will seek to break the power of sin by openly confessing those things that keep us from greater intimacy with God, and that we would seek to be reconciled with those whom we have hurt- whether by word or deed.
13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16Therefore 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.
17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.