If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and there is no truth in us. But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing.
1 John 1:8-9 GNB
The following Sunday, after hearing their pastor talk about the freedom that comes with confession and the triumph of grace over shame, Allison pulled Sara aside. “I need to talk to you, Mom.” Allison broke down and revealed all that had happened, including her attempts to cover up what she’d seen by lying about it. As she confessed, Sara saw her daughter’s countenance change. It was as if a cloud had lifted. Allison’s shadowy face became joyful and radiant. The transformation made sense to Sara. “When we keep things hidden,” she said, “it always leads to deeper and darker things. It’s a mercy, not a burden, to be found out.” (taken from Praying the Scriptures for your children by Jodie Berndt)
Do you need to say “Dad, I need to talk to you”? Our heavenly Father is always available to hear about our mistakes, our deliberate sins, our stresses and our burdens. Lean on him and tell him all about it; he is faithful and just and will deal with us out of pure love.
Father, please forgive me for trying to deal with problems myself, for trying to cover up my faults and for not involving you in my daily plans. I realise that there is freedom in giving it all to you so I am telling you about [mention anything that has not gone right recently]. I confess that I deliberately [mention anything you know was wrong but you did it anyway]. I would like your help with [tell God about your plans for today or tomorrow]. Thank you Father for your love and forgiveness and help, I depend on them so much. Amen