The Prayer of Confession

28 03 2015

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16

When you are in relationship with God, and that relationship is the most important thing in your life, it is virtually impossible to sweep sin under the rug, and to pretend that it doesn’t exist.  Being in the presence of God brings our failures face to face with the light of His holiness.  And when our sins are exposed, the only way to put them to death is to acknowledge them honestly and ask for the healing of God’s Spirit over them.

Sin is not an obstacle that hinders our prayer, it is an obstacle that hinders our relationship with God; it is a broken relationship with God that hinders our prayers.  When we are in a growing, active, and healthy relationship with God, our prayers become “powerful and effective.”

Don’t hide from your mistakes, and don’t resist when the light of His presence reveals your sin.   For “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”  (Proverbs 28:13)  It’s that mercy that allows us to continue to walk in a relationship with Him!


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