If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9)
I am so thankful that Father God is kind and forgiving. After all, it was kindness and unconditional love for us that He made Jesus Christ, who had no sin be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). And He continues to forgive all who will acknowledge/confess their sin to Him now.
Confession is an essential form of prayer (communication with God); it is also a serious aspect of the Christian lifestyle. When we acknowledge or confess (admit) our sins, ask for forgiveness and repent, God is faithful and just to forgive us, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
In order to confess/acknowledge our sins, we should be sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our wrongdoing; He shows us the sin in our life so that we deal with it. If we don’t confess our sins, receive God’s forgiveness and cleansing power, we will continue to commit sinful acts. If we continue in sin, we cannot continue walking in the light and enjoying relationship with Christ. Sin can be compared to an infection that if goes untreated will spread and result in death. Spiritually speaking, if we don’t confess our sins to the Lord and allow Him to cleanse us, we risk being disconnected from Him and dying spiritually.
We should prayerfully examine our lives frequently, daily if necessary, to make sure we don’t allow sin to fester in our lives. I might also note that sins of the heart (jealousy, envy, covetousness) are sometimes easier to overlook than sinful acts such as fornication, adultery, theft, murder. Sin cannot be classified or categorized as “small” and “big”. We must confess all sin.
Also, use Scriptures when confessing your sins to God. Here is an example of a prayer of confession:
I come to you in the Name of Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord. I ask You to have mercy upon me, Father, according to your loving kindness. Wash me and I shall be clean; purify my heart, cleanse me from all unrighteousness as you said in your word according to 1 John 1:9. Lord, I confess I sinned against you; I acknowledge my disobedience. I ask that you forgive me for grumbling and complaining and not walking in faith. I know that without faith it is impossible to please you. My desire is to please you, Father. Help me control my anger and have the right attitude that reflects your character. I am sorry;I turn away from my sin toward you in all honesty. Create a clean heart in me and renew my spirit to remain loyal to you. Thank you, Father for forgiving me and cleansing me. In Jesus’ Name with thanksgiving. Amen.
I recommend that after you pray, remain in silence to listen for Him to speak to your spirit concerning your confession and request for forgiveness. Make sure you confess all known or revealed sin; you may want to be specific about your sin (in your private prayer time, of course). After you’ve finished praying, He may give you Scriptures, or speak in a still small whisper to assure and comfort you. However, if He does not speak immediately after your prayer, let your faith and the Word give you the assurance that your prayer was heard, and you are forgiven, if you prayed earnestly in faith.
- Repentance Prayers – 5 Prayers to Help Free You From a Sin (christiansinspirational.com)