Posted by: Brian Musser | January 10, 2013

Confessing Sin in Prayer

35 Days Toward PEACE – Week 1 Prayer (Day 3)

The goal of this devotional is to develop the spiritual disciplines and habits over the next 35 days that will allow the PEACE of Jesus Christ to change our lives for the better.  Is that what you want?  Are you willing to join me in the journey?  If so let’s begin.

The first step of our journey is prayer.  Prayer is simply talking to God.  Prayer is best learned by praying and by hearing others pray.  But maybe you have never really talked to God before in your life.  Maybe you have only heard others to to God.  Maybe you are extremely scared to say the wrong thing.  So we are going to begin praying simply by saying a model prayer Jesus gave us in the Bible.  Below is what is often called the Lord’s Prayer.  It was spoken by Jesus to His disciples as instruction on how to pray.  Quietly sit down and say it out loud to God as if you were talking to Him.

Matthew 6 : 9 – 13 (NIV)This, then, is how you should pray:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

Yesterday, we focused on the idea of when talking to God in prayer worship and praise are acceptable.  It is normal to talk to God about who you have come to realize that He is.  God is awesome and our conversations with God through prayer should acknowledge that.  Take a moment today to praise God again for something about Him that amazes you.  Hopefully, you can think of something different from yesterday.  (In week three we will completely focus on worship as a discipline so do not worry if your praise of God is limited at this moment.)

Today, I emboldened and underlined the phrase “and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”  When praying to God it is important to be honest about the things we have done that will interfere with our relationship with Him.  Sin is the name of those things that may come in between us and God.  Many of our notions about what sin is and is not.  Many of those notions are either limited or incorrect.  For now a good working definition of sin could be: an action that we do that damages or hurts someone (including ourselves) God loves and has created.  Have you done anything recently that has hurt someone?  At this time ask God to forgive you.

We have just worshiped God and asked God’s forgiveness through prayer.  That was day three.  Tomorrow will be day four!

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