Prayer for Confession

Heavenly Father,

I come before You in humility and repentance. I confess that I have sinned against You and have not lived up to Your holy standards. I have failed to love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, and have not loved my neighbor as myself.

I acknowledge the harm that my sin has caused, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ, Your Son, took my punishment upon himself on the cross and that through his death and resurrection, I can have eternal life.

I turn away from my sin and turn towards You, trusting in Your grace and power to change me and make me holy. I ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in my life, so that I may live for Your glory and walk in Your ways.

I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Suggested Bible Readings

1 John 1:9 ESV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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Psalm 32:5 ESV

I acknowledged my sin to you,
    and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
    and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

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Proverbs 28:13 ESV

Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
    but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

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1 John 2:1-2 ESV

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

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