Friday, October 26, 2018

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 NIV

At the beginning of this week you were asked the question: For what purpose are you fasting and praying this week?

Looking back at the past few days, what has God revealed to you regarding this purpose? What has the Lord worked in your heart related to the concerns and desires you brought before Him this week?

If you’ve been keeping a journal, take a moment to jot some of your responses down. We will come back to this in a moment.

Today we will focus on confession in prayer.

Biblical confession goes much deeper than saying, “I’m sorry, please forgive me.” The word “confess” more accurately means to agree with God. Here is how the The New Testament Greek Lexicon defines confession:

Biblical confession is actually not at all about asking for forgiveness. The truth is if you are in Christ, you have forgiveness, and you really can’t get more forgiveness from God. You have His forgiveness. 

Ephesians 1:7 says, In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.

While it is important to admit and acknowledge our sins to God and to one another, it is as (if not more) important that we admit and acknowledge what Jesus did with our sins. Jesus paid the full price for all our sins on the cross. To confess our sins, therefore, means to acknowledge, admit, agree, profess, declare, praise, celebrate, and give thanks to God for what He has done for us through His Son Jesus.

This is how the righteous person prays by simply echoing back, agreeing with, professing, and declaring what God says is true and has established in the eternal.

For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:10

That person has come to believe with their whole heart what God says about who they are and stands firmly on His righteousness that has been imputed to them, not on a righteousness they have tried to earn in some way. The power and effectiveness comes not from the might of the prayer warrior by simple agreement with what God has said. 

So now go back to what you wrote down or mentally noted about what God has worked in you this week and confess those things to Him in prayer. If the Holy Spirit brings attention any sin in your life, then admit, acknowledge, and agree with what God says about it and what He has done with it through His Son Jesus Christ. If fact, the Bible says to do this with one another and pray for each other. Hope you can join us at Prayer & Praise tomorrow evening where we can share, believe, and agree together in prayer for all that God has shown us in this week of prayer and fasting.