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Prayer Part 2 – Confession

Man prayer

Confession

“Psalms 51:9-10 (KJV)

9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

I must Confess sins that the Holy Spirit brings to my mind.

Confession and repentance preceeds any prayer

I am convinced that when I try to pray when I have unconfessed sin is totally useless. Prayer without the cleansing process of confession and repentance keeps our doorway to the Father closed.

My first prayer each time I pray must be to allow the Holy Spirit, root out and bring to my mind every sin of which I am guilty. In effect I agree with God that I am guilty.

When I pray fervently that the Holy Spirit bring my unconfessed sin to my mind, I am usually sorry I asked. He brings things to mind that I really did not realize were there. We can be so blinded by Satan that we do not always recognize a thing as sin until the Holy Spirit brings it to mind.

Holy Spirit bring to my mind those things that need to be confessed and repented.

Repentance

My second prayer is the prayer of repentance. Confession without repentance is empty confession and of no use. Only then will I be able to reach God in the fullest way

“Lord, let the Holy Spirit also examine my motives and if I do anything for personal gain or recognition, let me be convicted.

Repentance is the sincere rejection and turning away from each sin of which I am convicted. It means I resolve and declare that I will not return to that sin again.

It also means I do not harbor fond memories of that sin and especially any idea that I would ever visit there again.

Repentance is different from any idea of penance. We must not feel there is anything we can do to regain favor with God. We are not under the Old Testament law that required a sacrifice be made for sin. Jesus Christ is the only sacrifice that was/is required for our sins.

While that doesn’t make human sense for us, it has been declared as the only sacrifice God requires for our sin. We must be willing to let His sacrifice count as the only penance required.

Without repentance, we are still under the guilt of sin. There cannot be forgiveness if we harbor any idea of committing the sin(s) again. The total cleansing of the Holy Spirit for repentance does not reach into any idea that we would go back to it again.