A Prayer of Confession - Bible Studies By Steve

A Prayer of Confession November 18 Admit it, now What makes it so hard to say, Im sorry? Confession and repentance are initial steps in our salvation experience We need to agree with God that what we have done

was sin and determine to turn away from that behavior The Good News is that God forgives when we come to Him in repentance. Listen for Jesus requests in prayer. Matthew 6:12-13 (NIV) Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our

debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.' Asking for Forgiveness and Protection Jesus prays about forgiveness. What is the relationship between receiving forgiveness and being forgiving? What sins or offenses by others do we find

especially difficult to forgive? What are the benefits of forgiving others? What are the dangers of unforgiveness? Asking for Forgiveness and Protection What are some ways the word temptation can be understood? What are some synonyms of temptation?

James 1:13 15 tells us that God is not the source of our temptation. So, how might we understand lead us not into temptation? Listen for Davids requests. View Scripture Video

Listen for Davids requests. Psalm 51:1-7 (NIV) Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your

Listen for Davids requests. sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be

clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Confess Sin, Ask Forgiveness For what does David, the psalmist, plead? What attributes of God described in this psalm should give us confidence in confessing sin? What three verbs does he use to describe what he wants the Lord to do in forgiving him?

Confess Sin, Ask Forgiveness Consider the meaning of the different words used to describe what he has done: Transgressions : stubborn refusal, rebellion Iniquity : perverting God's will and commandments Sin : missing the mark of what God wants one to be

What would be some examples of sins in each category? Transgression Iniquity Sin

Confess Sin, Ask Forgiveness 1 John 1:9 (NIV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. What is the result of confessing ones sins? What are some feelings David might have felt with his burden of sin?

How does our confession and repentance and Gods forgiveness relieve those feelings? Confess Sin, Ask Forgiveness People in todays world have confused ideas about the confession of sin. How might these verses help you counsel this person? I dont worry about committing

some sin. I know I always can go to God and confess my sin. When I do, He will forgive me. Listen for restoration requests. Psalm 51:10-12 (NIV) Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your

presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Seek Restoration and Renewal What are the appeals David made in these verses? How do they represent inner change?

What suggests these are things only the Lord can do, not just a matter of self-adjustment? Application Confess sin. Each time you pray, ask God to reveal any unconfessed sin. As God reveals things to you, turn from them, seek

His forgiveness, and thank Him for His cleansing. Application Read. Read and pray through Psalm 51. Ask God to give you a renewed dependence upon Him.

Application Seek forgiveness. If others have been hurt by some sin youve committed, Confess that sin to him and/or her and Ask for forgiveness. Family Activities

Weve got letters everywhere from this weeks puzzle. I need your help getting them back in place. You can also find interesting activities for the whole family at https://tinyurl.com/y8vp3u8z But watch out for that old English teacher lady. Humph ! A Prayer of Confession

November 18

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