Day 3 – Strength Training

The next element of Morning Prayer provides a few moments for confession.

The pastor or leader says

Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.

This general Confession is said by all those gathered along with the pastor or leader

Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from Your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the evil inclinations and desires of our own hearts. We have broken Your holy laws. We have left undone what we ought to have done, and we have done what we ought not to have done, and there is no wholeness in us. Lord, have mercy on us broken sinners. Spare those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore those who truly repent, as You have promised through Jesus Christ our Lord. And grant, merciful Father, for His sake, that we may live a godly, righteous and abundant life, to the praise of Your holy name. AMEN.

A short period of silence may be kept. Then the pastor or leader says

Merciful God, grant to Your faithful people pardon and peace; that we may be cleansed from all our sins and serve You with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Knowing that God sees us in Christ, we are able to deal with our sin instead of trying to hide it. In dealing with it, we don’t allow the evil one the ability to use it against us in shame and guilt. We deal with our sin by confessing it. The word in Greek for confess is “homologeo” which literally means “the same Word”. Confession is more than saying “God, I won’t do it again.” Confession is saying, “God, You’re right, and I was wrong. God Your Word is right and I was wrong.”

1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Even though we know our brokenness, even though the enemy wants to use guilt and shame to try and steal the life away from us that we can have as disciples, we can enjoy and live the full life Jesus has come to give us. We can enter the literal presence of God, where we are seen in Christ as clean and purified and connect with Him.

Hebrews 10:22
22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

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