Prayer and Confession

1 Kings 8:33-34

“When your people Israel have been defeated by an enemy because they have sinned against you, and when they turn back to you and confess your name, praying and making supplication to you in this temple, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and bring them back to the land you gave to their fathers.

Some people look at confession as a onetime event when a person becomes a Christian.  They pray the “sinner’s prayer”, confessing their sins, and that is all the more confessing that they do.

Confession should be a normal part of our prayer life however.  Even with the help of the Holy Spirit, Christians aren’t perfect.  We continue to sin and we need to continue to confess those sins.

Daily confession isn’t a matter of salvation.  Instead, it is a matter of relationship.  When we hurt a friend, the relationship with that friend is damaged.  Telling our friend that we’re sorry for hurting them works to mend that relationship.

Confession works the same way with God because we have a relationship with Him.  Confession is admitting that we have done wrong and we realize that our sin has hurt God.

We may find that our prayers are hindered when we have unconfessed sins.  On several occasions the nation of Israel suffered military defeats because God was no longer with them due to sin.  1 Kings 8 asks that God would answer the people’s prayers when they return to Him and confess their sin.

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