Confession is acknowledging our sins. It is repenting for our sins and confessing it to the Lord, seeking his forgiveness. We confess our sins in two ways –
- Public confession is the confession we do in Church, in a general manner in front of the congregation.
- Private confession is a one-on-one with the Priest, in confidence, for specific sins that we have committed.
With that said, why do we need to confess?
- All of us are sinners. We commit sins every day, deliberately or unconsciously. Our sins separate us from the grace of God. In order to be reconciled to God, we need to confess our sins
- Every time we sin, we move away from the love of God. In order to experience a closer relationship with God in Christ, by the power of the Holy spirit, we need to confess our sins
- Where there is forgiveness of sins, there is salvation and the assurance of being with Jesus and God for eternity. Therefore, we need to confess in order to be saved and be with God in His Kingdom
According to 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong”.
We confess through our prayers.
So, how shall we do our prayer of confession?
Firstly, we need to pray and confess on a daily basis; always, continually.
In Luke chapter 18, Jesus tells a parable to show that the disciples should always pray and not give up.
We read in 1 Thessalonians 3:10, “Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again”
In 2 Timothy 1:3 Paul says, “I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.”
In Hebrews 13:15, we read that we must “continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise”.
Ephesians 6:18 says – “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people”.
Secondly, we need to pray and confess sincerely and humbly
The Lord loves a humble and sincere heart.
Joel 2:12 says, “Even now, declares the Lord, return to me with all your heart”.
We see in James 4:10, Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
1 Peter 5:6 says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
Indeed, if we are humble, the Lord will lift us up.
Thirdly, we need to pray and confess with urgency
We do not know what the next hour holds for us. Therefore, we need to pray with a sense of urgency.
In Romans 13:11, we read, “ And do this, understanding the present time, the hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed”.
Likewise, in Romans 9:28, it says, “For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality”
Fourthly, we need to confess and pray mutually; for each other
In James 5:16, we read, “Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective”.
Therefore, let us apply these in our prayer life and make our confession a meaningful one.