Read these words of Jesus prior to his crucifixion in John 17:15-19 …
I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.
Confession is an important part of prayer. Just as Jesus cleansed the temple in Matthew 21:12-17, believers must cleanse themselves as the Holy Spirit of God now resides in our bodies. As Easter approaches take time this week to reflect on the perfection of Christ and the imperfections of man. In light of who Jesus is, what confession do you need to make to the Father in order to be pure, holy and blameless before Him?
David wrote a beautiful Psalm of confession in Psalm 51. Pray this Psalm to the Lord inserting your name. Then ask God to show you any specific un-confessed sins that need to be brought before Him.
- Are my eyes seeing anything that is not pleasing to You?
- Are my ears hearing anything that is not pleasing to You?
- Is my mouth saying anything that is not pleasing to You?
- Are my hands doing anything that is not pleasing to You?
- Are my thoughts and attitudes in line with You?