Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! Psalm 66:16-20 (NIV)
Here I am Lord. I have come to meet with you in prayer. There is something that I have not talked to you about much. What’s that? I haven’t talked to you about my sin. I know that I am a sinner. Even now as your follower I know that I have sinned against you in my thoughts, words and deeds. My sins are not in the distant past. I wasn’t once a sinner. I still am a sinner. I know that you have forgiven and paid for my sins on the cross. I know that you have cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. I know that my old life of sin is gone and that I am living a new life of righteousness in you. That’s right. Nevertheless, I still do sin. I am not perfect. I have thought, and said and done what was not pleasing to you. I sinned in what I have done and in what I have left undone. I am here to confess all my sins to you. That is very good.
I don’t want anything to come between us. I don’t want anything to hinder my prayers to you. For that reason I will not hang on to anything that is not pleasing to you. I will not let sin captivate me. I will not let sin allure and entice me. I will not let sin catch me in its trap. I will take the way you have provided for me so that I will not fall into temptation. Sometimes, I will make missteps. I will go and do what I shouldn’t have done. I will think thoughts that are not pleasing to you. I will speak words that are not acceptable to you. I will turn away from sinful thoughts, words, and deeds. I will turn to you to live the life that you have given me to live. It will be my regular practice to come to confess all my sins to you. I will continue to live in your forgiveness and cleansing. That will be very good.
You do completely forgive me. You do fully cleanse me. You show me your love and kindness. Yes, I do. You have lavished me with your love. You have done great things for me. It will be my joy, with a heart full of thanksgiving to give thanks and praise and glory to you. I will tell others all that you have done for me. You have heard and answered my prayers. Yes, I have.
Lord, there is no doubt about it. I am a sinner. There is no hiding that fact from you. You and I know it is true. I’m here to confess all my sins to you. I have sinned against you in thought, word and deed. Forgive and cleanse me of all my unrighteousness. Amen
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