Tag Archives: prayers of confession (sins)

Losing Control (second in a series)

Most people think of “sin” in terms of an action (or thought) that breaks one of God’s laws. But the law-breaking is simply an outward manifestation of an inward disposition. Sin is not a momentary lapse in judgment in an otherwise decent life. It is a way of life that is common to every human being because all of us are naturally self-centered and self-serving. Continue reading

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Prayer (eleventh in a series)

For the past ten weeks I’ve been writing about components of prayer: praise, thanksgiving, confession, petition, and when needed, complaint. In the prayer Jesus taught his disciples, commonly known as the Lord’s Prayer, we see all but one of these elements. This leads me to conclude that genuine prayer almost always includes several components, not just one. Here is a brief summary of each: Continue reading

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Prayer (sixth in a series)

Shame is about humiliation and fear. But with God, we have nothing to fear. He is tender, compassionate and forgiving. He will never humiliate us. Instead, he yearns for us to trust him with the truth we are afraid to admit and to let him pour his love into our hearts. I actually feel good now when I unload my sins before God. Saying, “I’m sorry,” has become a liberating experience instead of a debilitating one because I discovered God has a tender heart for me. Continue reading

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