Power of Confession

Prayer of confession

Sin impacts your relationship with God and with others. To be in right relationship you must expose your sin to Jesus, the one who died for that sin, who paid the price for your disobedience. He promises to wash you clean and purify you, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).

We become righteous by the blood of Jesus poured out for the forgiveness of our sins. As we take the time to confess our sin we are made more aware of that sin. We sin less and less as we confess our sins to the One who purifies us. When we are purified and right with God our prayers are powerful. When we have invited Jesus into our heart we have the gift of the Holy Spirit of God in us. He cannot tolerate sin and direct disobedience towards God. We grieve the Holy Spirit when we have any kind of bitterness, rage, anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice according to (Ephesians 4:29-31). Confess that sin of a wrong attitude and impure heart immediately to be forgiven and in right relationship with the Holy Spirit of God to be blessed. When we abide or stand firm in Christ following His Word through obedience then our prayers are answered. Jesus said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you,” (John 15:7).

He will answer our prayers as we walk closely with Him, following His Word, living according to His ways. His desires become our desires. We pray His will when we live in a right relationship with Him. Through our obedience we are heard by God. When we are in wrong relationship with someone and there is sin separating us God wants us to go to that person with a humble heart to ask for forgiveness. To be in right relationship with God we must be in right relationship with others. If we are rude, disrespectful, or holding onto a grudge confess that right away to the person. In fact, God speaks directly to husbands about having their prayers answered when they are considerate, respectful, and gentle to their wives, “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” (1 Peter 3:7)

Don’t get your feathers ruffled when God calls you a weaker partner. He wants your husband to be gentle with you. Hopefully he is a stronger person physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In the verses before this God instructs wives to have a gentle and quiet spirit that will win over unbelieving husbands by the purity and reverence of their lives, which God says is of great worth in His sight. Remember ladies as we talked about before: stop nagging and start praying. Not only should you not nag your husbands, but don’t nag your children. And for those who aren’t married don’t nag your roommates. Sometimes people tune us out because we’ve trained them to. Ask nicely once and then pray. Give a gentle reminder and then give an alternative. I talk more about this later in the chapter on Establishing Rules and Consequences. I wish I could say that I do this perfectly, but when I do use my own advice, it works.

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  1. Donna

     /  December 4, 2012

    Good and wise words! I love your statement about how we train others to tune us out – so true.


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