Day Twenty-Two- Journal

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Confession

God cannot hear the prayers on our lips often because the desires of our heart after the world cry out to Him much more strongly and loudly than our desires for Him”- Andrew Murray.

Most of you have heard the story of King David’s spiral of sin. He lied, committed adultery and committed murder just to name a few of his issues. When confronted with his sin by the prophet Nathan, he finally felt the full-force of repercussions of his decisions. He then began to confess and repent. During this time of repentance, David coined one of my favorite psalms, Psalm 51. It’s in this psalm that we see not only how to repent, but how to pray for power not to sin.

Confession is both sides. It’s repentance. It’s asking God to forgive those things in your life that are not pleasing to him. It’s also asking for God’s help. It’s confessing our need for his assistance. “I can’t do what you’ve challenged me to do without your help God.” Look at this outline of Psalm 51.

Psalm 51

  • Cry out for divine holiness- “create in me a clean heart”
  • Cry out for a divine attitude- “renew a right spirit within me”
  • Cry out for divine guidance- “cast me not away from your presence”
  • Cry out for divine unction- “take not thy Holy Spirit from me”

What is confession?

What are the two areas of confession?

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