Prayer: Of Confession

Our heavenly Father, who by Thy love hast made us,
and through Thy love hast kept us,
and Thy love woudst make us perfect:
We humbly confess that we have not loved Thee with all our heart and soul and mind and strength,
and that we have not loved one another as Christ hath loved us.

Thy life is within our souls, but our selfishness hath hindered Thee.
We have not lived by faith.
We have resisted Thy Spirit.
We have neglected Thine inspirations.

Forgive what we have been;
help us amend what we are;
and in Thy Spirit direct what we shall be;
that Thou mayest come into full glory of Thy creation, in us and in all men;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

(James 5:16 ESV)
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

(Proverbs 28:13 ESV)
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

(Psalm 32:5 ESV)
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

(Romans 3:23 ESV)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

(Psalm 51:1-5 ESV)
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

(Acts 19:18 ESV)
Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices.

(James 4:17 ESV)
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

(2 Peter 3:9 ESV)
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

(Acts 17:30 ESV)
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

(John 20:22-23 ESV)
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

(1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV)
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

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