Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2
 

Prayers of Confession

Prayers of Confession

 

The Holy Spirit’s conviction of each sin brings believers in Christ to the reality that no activity or inactivity in life begins to compare with the daily, fulfilling and enduring fellowship with our Savior Jesus. Giving in to sin’s attractions and self-rewards is a broken rewards program, and the Holy Spirit eventually renews the heart and mind to remember that Jesus is our true reward, now and in eternity.

While condemnation originates with the enemy, and gives a general sense of self-guilt with no path, hope or relief; conviction of sin from the Holy Spirit is specific and leads regenerated believers to the fruit, freedom and clear conscience of our already sealed forgiveness by the path of confession and repentance. We want to enjoy being in the presence of Jesus and wonder with regret how we could have allowed ourselves to shift away.

We cry out in prayers of confession and repentance. Verses 10-12 are a sampling of David’s heart as he expressed some of these thoughts and feelings in Psalm 51.

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me away from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

 Some may not feel forgiven after confession. While sin can hinder God’s work, rob of blessings, and break fellowship with God and others, and even have other earthly consequences; forgiveness is as sure as our eternal relationship with Jesus, as is refreshed communion in His presence. Do not hesitate out of fear or doubt to confidently and humbly pray and call on our loving Lord for restoration. This is an essential element for our powerful and relational prayers with God. Feelings will adjust and follow obedience.

We are given assurance not only in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”, but also in 1 John 5:14-15, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.”

May you be blessed in the joys of forgiveness as your prayers are led by the Holy Spirit.

Greg Murphy – Minister, Pastoral Care and Prayer