Daily confession of our sins is essential to our spiritual growth as followers of Jesus Christ. Any kind of unconfessed sin in our lives will cause God to turn away from our prayers. The apostle John reminds us of this: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [But] if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8,9).
John believed that all born-again Christians are still susceptible to sinning. That’s why I have made it a practice, for many years now, to get up early in the morning and spend quality time with God at the beginning of my day. But, even before I pick up my Bible and read my portion of Scripture for the day, I first begin with prayer. I thank my heavenly Father for the blessing of another day, and a good night’s sleep. Secondly, I ask Him to forgive me of any sins I may have committed – knowingly or unknowingly.
Confess your sins daily.
I confess my sins daily because I want to be sure I am approaching God with a clean conscience, and that He will hear my prayers. I want nothing sinful that I have thought, or said, or done, hinder my communication with God. Sin creates a spiritual barrier between us and Him, until it is confessed and put under the blood of Jesus.
No matter how good we try to live as Christians, we still struggle with the old sinful nature that daily influences us to sin in word, deed, and thought (Ephesians 4:22-24). When we do the opposite of what we know is right, and commit sin, the remedy is the same: Repent and confess it to God right away. Don’t hold on to your sin, or pretend that God doesn’t see it. The longer you hold on to your sin, the longer your prayers will be hindered.
The blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross is always available to cleanse us from any sin – at any time of the day, through our active faith in Him as our Savior. Let us make a sincere and sustained effort by God’s grace to live as sinless as we can. But, when we do fail, let us claim the propitiation of our Savior’s sacrifice on the cross, so that the “blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us of all sin” (1 John 1:7).
- Pastor Luis Yosefus
REAL JESUS MINISTRIES
COMMENT from Clara Cuomo Aqua: ““The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.For I have kept the ways of the Lord; I have not done evil by turning from my God. All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees. I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin. The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to my cleannessf in his sight.” – 2 Samuel 22:21-25