This simple blog is devoted to the greatest privilege that man has ever been given; PRAYER.
Confession and forgiveness are the appropriate responses to the holiness of God. You must set your will to have a pure, undivided heart and a right attitude toward every person, including the Lord God. This is a prerequisite to effective intercession!
You can confess your sins for hours on end, but confession is not complete unless it is coupled with forgiveness. “Confession” means “to acknowledge or disclose something damaging or inconvenient to one’s self; to acknowledge or admit something.”
“Forgiveness” means “to excuse a fault or offense; to pardon; to relinquish anger, resentment or bitterness against a person; to absolve from payment of”
So you see, one is not complete without the other. After confession and forgiveness, you must go one step further and receive the provisions God has granted you through His Word, such as healing, peace and prosperity. Many people confess and forgive, but they make the mistake of not receiving God’s special promises because they feel unworthy. This is a false concept. God’s promises are a special gift to you.
Learn to be a good receiver. Receiving means to acquire or take something offered or given. Receiving requires action on your part. Quote God’s promises aloud and accept them by faith, not relying on your feelings or emotions.
Through this process of confession and forgiveness you are restored to fellowship. Praise the Lord for His blood which ransoms you and pays your debt.
Now let’s discuss both confession and forgiveness separately:
Read the following Scripture carefully:
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; neither is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear (Isa. 59:1,2).
Did you notice that iniquities can cause your prayers to go unheard?
Confession must take place before you enter into intercession or petition so that your prayers are pleasing to God’s ears.
You cannot be purified in your own power and strength. But God provides the Holy Spirit to shine on your sins so you can confess them. During your prayer time, pause and ask the Holy Spirit if there is any matter that needs to be confessed Then respond to Him with your answer.
Examine me, O Lord, and try me; test my mind and my heart. For Thy lovingkindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Thy truth (Ps. 26:2,3).
Once an area of darkness has been brought to the light of God’s Word and repented of, don’t look back. When a sin has been dealt with, know that the power of Jesus’ blood covers it and the Lord refuses to remember it. Don’t try to bring up past sins that have already been covered by the blood. The Lord has buried them in the depths of the sea and they are forgotten.
Meditate instead on the following Scriptures:
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery (Gal. 5:1l).
If we say that we fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:6,7).
He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea (Mic. 7:19).
Be aware of Satan’s tactics to bring you into condemnation or guilt by reminding you of past sins. Through introspection, he desires that you keep your mind centered on yourself and away from praying, praising and pulling down his strongholds. The battleground is your mind:
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge
of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete (2 Cor. 10:4-6).
We must choose to let God’s peace guard our hearts and minds daily through Jesus Christ to prevent this struggle. If our hearts condemn us, then we cannot ask in faith. We are double minded and cannot pray in confidence (see Jas. I:6).
Peace of mind comes by continual prayer:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:6,7).
When confessing your sins, know that you need not have an emotional experience to be forgiven. First ask; then accept by faith in God’s Word that He will do exactly as He says…that He is “faithful and just” to forgive you (1 John 1:9. KJV).
Excerpt from Chapter 3 (Types of Prayer) of “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves