Confession, Repentance, and Prayer

Here is a simple outline for our Wednesday Evening Bible class.  We have been alternating between nights solely of prayer and evenings studying prayer and prayers in the Bible.

“He who conceals his sin does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” —Proverbs 28:13

The physical and emotional consequences of not confessing

Psalm 32:1-7; Psalm 38

Vs 18—“I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.”

How much sickness and illness in our society today comes from guilt and sin?

Psalm 51—David’s guilt with Bathsheba

Have mercy, Blot out transgressions, Wash, Cleanse, create anew heart, let me hear joy and gladness, Restore, Save

Is our repentance usually connected to a desire for change and growth?

Ezra 9-10—Sin of Intermarriage

9:2—the problem
9:3-5–Ezra’s reaction
9:6-15—Ezra’s prayer
10:1-4—the people follow  Ezra’s example

Have you ever seen one person’s example of repentance influence many others?

Nehemiah 9—Public, Communal Confession

Result of reading the Law-Nehemiah 8:9

9:3—read “for a quarter of a day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshipping the Lord their God”

Nehemiah 1:4-7—Nehemiah mourning and weeping for the sins and their consequences

In what ways can and should we incorporate repentance into our times of worship?

Luke 18:9-14—Prayers of Pharisee and Tax Collector

How can we learn to understand repentance as a way of life and not just an occasional act?

James 5:16—Praying for Each Other

We have a responsibility to pray for each others’ sins as well as our own

Is there a difference in confessing “sin” vs “sins?”  For the confessor? For the person praying?

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