Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Prayer Humbles: Confession

This is the second post in a two-part series on how prayer humbles us. You may view the first post HERE.

An important part of prayer is confession of sin.

Jesus taught His disciples to pray "forgive us our trespasses" even though He knew He was going to the cross to pay for their sins (Matthew 6:12).

The Apostle John exhorts his audience not to sin, and yet promises that "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).

Certainly confession of sin is a humbling experience.

We must 1) admit our fault, and 2) admit it to the God of Heaven and Earth! We must admit that our sin has wronged Him and seek His forgiveness, even though the debt of our sin has been "paid in full".

In the end we'll find it to our benefit to humble ourselves in this way.

Confession frees us from the guilt of sin!

And when we experience God's cleansing forgiveness, we are free to draw near to Him once more.

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