Confession and Repentance
Duane Vander Klok
“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
When we pray, our hearts turn to the one that we are praying. As Christians, our hearts orient back towards God and we connect with Him at a more intimate level. This is why we are called not just to pray sporadically, but consistently every single day. God wants to talk, commune, and live intimately with His children not just when we are in trouble, but through every situation, good and bad.
One of the most important elements of prayer is confessing and repenting from our sins. When we sin, God isn’t standing off in the distance with his arms crossed and a scowl on His face. Instead, He is waiting with His arms open wide for His prodigal son or daughter to return home. When we sin, the first thing we should do is recognize our mistake, run to God immediately, ask for forgiveness, and turn back to Him in all thoughts and actions.
We run into trouble when we ignore our sins, and delay our return to God. When we delay repentance, our heart begins to harden. Our heart becomes numb to His voice, and the compromises we make become our new “normal.” In turn, it becomes harder to hear and intimately commune with God.
The Gospel, the Good News, is that despite all of our sins and brokenness, Jesus Christ can still reach us. This is not meant to be an excuse for our sin, but an assurance that no matter how dark this life gets, no matter how hard your heart becomes, you are never too far gone for God to find you, forgive you, and bring you back home to His side.
This week, let’s take time to pray to our Father in Heaven every single day, repent of our sins, and calibrate our hearts towards Him.