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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9, KJV)

When we pray, do we know how to pray? The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. This made me review my prayer life, and I came to a startling conclusion. Most of my prayers were centered on my needs and what my friends wanted from God. However1 John 1:9 reminded me this means to say the same thing God does about my sins; then I should strive for holiness with His power. Therefore I devised a plan to systematically introduce confession into my prayer life. In each acknowledgement of my sin I look to Him for power to correct the situation.

So Sunday I think of when I failed to witness and ask Him to help me do better. Monday I bring my insensitivity to others before God and seek greater awareness. Tuesday I tell God about my pride and ask Him for humility. Wednesday I pray He will keep me from prolonged lustful looks. Thursday I confess my lack of patience in specific situations where I felt change is needed. Friday I talk to Him about my lack of love to others. Saturday I let Him know when I have departed from being absolutely truthful. In addition I try to name my sins not only once a week but as I become aware of them.

Once confession was a glib general prayer,

Now specific sins with Him I share.

I learned to confess to God my sin.

And know His total cleansing within.


God expects us to be specific, naming each sin we have committed.

  •  Make a word study of the word confess as used in the Bible. Possible sources are a concordance, word study book, and/or commentary.
  • How do you implement confession in your prayer life? 
  • What difference would the confession of sins make in your life?