How to Confess Sin to God

 Sam Petitfils

This may seem a bit juvenile for some, but actually many believers do not really know how to confess sin to God.  Confession of sin actually brings the blessing of God’s forgiveness and restoration to His favor (1 John 1:7-10).  If we suppose we have no sin to confess, “we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us”  (1 John 1:8).

1.)  Choose a quiet place free of interruptions (young mothers need special grace here; try as best as you can).
Jesus often withdrew to pray alone (Luke 5:16) and so should we.

2.)  Consider confession a regular part of your prayer experience.
While it is true that great offenses need to be immediately confessed before God, we actually offend often (James 1:2).  Including confession as part of our time with God makes good sense and will positively impact our walk with God.

3.)  Be truthful when you confess (Psalm 51:6).
You cannot hide what you did from God no more than Jonah could flee from God.  He already knows what you did/thought; bring it before Him.

4.)  Be specific.
While you need not describe all the gory details to God, you should name your sin and own up to it.  Avoid sweeping generalities such as, “Lord you know we’re all sinful; forgive our sinfulness.”  While it might not always be required to be specific in public prayer—although sometimes it is— we should be willing to do so in private.

5.)  Gratefully accept God’s forgiveness.
Every child of God should take comfort in the precious promises of God, particularly the promise of forgiveness.  One day, when we stand before God, we will all rejoice in our salvation.  Well, we should rejoice now.  God wants to forgive you and does not give it to you reluctantly.  You might be thinking, “I’m not worthy of that forgiveness.”  Actually, no one is worthy, but God’s grace triumph’s over our sin, guilt, and pain.

Remember, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).


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