THE LORD’S PRAYER Necessity of Confession
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Confession reveals admission of sin.
…How does sin affect my relationship with God?
……..It becomes more difficult to see God (Deut 31:18)
……..It becomes more difficult to speak to God (Psalm 66:18)
……..It becomes more difficult to share with God (Isaiah 59:2)
Confession results in forgiveness (vs 12; 1 John 1:9)
Confession is partner to honesty (1 John 1:8)
Confession involves humility (2 Chron 7:14)
Confession makes us healthy (2 Chron 7:14)
Forgiveness results in restoration (vs 12, 14-15)
These things cannot be separated:
…….Fellowship with God (1 John 2:1-2)
…….Fellowship with believers (Matt 18:15)
Confession and forgiveness are keys to relational health both with God and Man.
Pastor Steve Kramm, Troutman Baptist Church, Troutman, NC