Day 4

Day 4 | Confessing In Prayer

ACTIVITY

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

Invest 5-minutes in a prayer confession about these four things.

  • Who you wronged.
  • What you did wrong.
  • Why you did it.
  • How you would like to be different.

When you are done, comment below by sharing below one thing you learned during your time of confession with God.

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  1. Mike says:

    The one thing I learned from this time of confession is the reminder of the importance of reflection and self-evaluation…in order to have the understanding of what to confess, you need to first assess/reflect or take time to simply slow down enough to understand what missteps did I have over a period, and what burdens am I carrying because of my actions or the circumstances I’m facing. This process allows me to create the margin I need to humble myself for Christ to come in and give me the freedom I need.

    • Ralph O'Neill says:

      I asked God for forgiveness for two prior events. I know that I won’t forget what I did but I am at peace with my past.

      • JAMES DELGADO says:

        Not forgiving yourself is the hardest part of forgiveness.
        Guilt is a terrible thing, especially after God hears your confession and forgives you.
        It will eat you up inside. Self Guilt doesn’t hurt anybody but yourself. Let It Go and Let God.
        1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

    • anderswcarlson says:

      I learned that speaking my sins out loud and actually telling them to God makes them feel real. I wasn’t able to lie to myself about them anymore and keep hiding them. Now i can start to move forward.

  2. John says:

    I’m learned that I need to have better systems in place for times like holidays, which tend to hijack my good habits. Needs better systems, self management and self-control.

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    • Paul says:

      I have learned that confession of my wrongs are the beginning of the healing in the area where God is changing my heart.

  3. Justin says:

    Missing confession is a missed opportunity to grow with the Lord- Confession is such an important part of our faith journey and healing. James 5:16 is a great verse to center this reflection on. Thanks Vince.

    What I learned from my time in confession: while my sin was not directly impactful towards others, by naming the individuals whom it created distance between as a result, I found myself connecting more personally and emotionally with the consequence that sin creates. It can be easier to miss or avoid that dynamic but confessing aloud and reflecting on the specific people impacted, it brought to light the damaging effects of sin.

    • Pat says:

      So amazing how confessing makes you feel relief. This out loud praying has been a game changer as my prayers seem more focused.

    • Stephen says:

      I learned that not confessing actually causes a great burden on me. I don’t think I have really noticed how much pressure not confessing your wrongdoing toward others actually holds you back. I also learned when trying to think about what I had done to wrong someone else how much conviction things which I thought were insignificant held over me.

  4. Nate Hill says:

    I know that Jesus she’d blood cleanses me and I believe Him when He says He does the cleansing. I know throughout a busy day, we don’t always see who we offended, but at least I can bring it before Him and ask Him to not only reveal who it was or how, but know that my relationship is so close that I can freely confess it to Him, knowing I will receive mercy.

    I know more often than not, I have not loved Him with my whole heart or others, I don’t always put Him first and try to keep the day’s distractions from keeping that from happening, but it does, and yet, I am thankful that I have such a wonderful, loving Father that rejoices over me.

  5. Ben Ekern says:

    Looking at the rewind of the past day of where I was wrongly ‘me’ focused and not putting God and others first. 1 John 1:9.

  6. Tom says:

    I struggled a bit with this. I asked God to reveal to me any situation where I wronged someone, or sinned in the last 24 hours. Is it possible I’m oblivious to sin that I’m committing? I trust God totally you help me become acutely and completely aware.

  7. Joe says:

    The one thing i learned is how important confession is for our lives. How important is to call wrong wrong and agree with God that i’ve committed a wrongful act. He tells us in His word that “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us.” Being able to acknowledge that and seeking that forgiveness feels wonderful

  8. Joel Vandervalk says:

    I think realizing why I did something is really useful and it makes it easier to not do it again.

  9. Walter says:

    To be a better communicator with my wife regarding both the small purchases and the large ones. Even if I believe it is for the good and is not that big of a deal. My rationale is if we can afford it and I’m not spending money on useless things rather on items that are going to turn a profit, than it shouldn’t matter. Communication has always been a struggle for me. Something I have to work on.

  10. Faron says:

    To love as Jesus loves ,To think of others first to be light and salt is not easy, and doesn’t come naturally

  11. Steve Roarke says:

    Praying and repenting out loud is healing, I feel the presence and love of Christ when I pray/talk with Him.

  12. Dave Benson says:

    I realize that the temporary high I get from judging someone produces lingering consequences in my heart as I feel the conviction. Cleanse my heart Lord and help me to be All In!

  13. Russ says:

    Confessing out loud really does have a powerful effect on how I perceive forgiveness by a gracious God. Now I need to let that gracious God change me into the man he wants me to be.

  14. Brandon Pyc says:

    I learned that confession helps me to allow God to revisit situations that I could’ve handled in a more loving manner and identify areas that I can tell the person I’m sorry and seek reconciliation and forgiveness.

    • Evan Heckathorn says:

      I learned that when you talk with someone about an issue and feel you make progress, that it’s okay when you have setbacks. When The Enemy tries to steal your joy and progress, you know you’re doing something right. If The Enemy doesn’t like it, surely it aligns with what God wants for you.

  15. BENJAMIN SEIM says:

    It’s good to slow down and reflect. And to be honest with God. It is humbling. As it should be 🙂

  16. Ron says:

    The weight of the sin is lifted (forgiven) once fully confessed. I particularly like the specificity of the approach above … I never thought about identifying “why” I did a specific sin but it is powerful.

  17. Buddy says:

    Confessing makes me feel better but exactly what it is teaching me I’m not sure but I feel that in time God will show me more specifically.

  18. Ned says:

    This was a bit more reflective. It took a minute to figure out that I have sinned against my wife and children (the only people I have been with for the passed 24+hours) by not putting them (and Him) first as I took time to pursue some of my own interests this weekend.

  19. Bryan says:

    This time in reflection and confession helped me see where I have sinned. I’m thankful for God’s grace!

  20. Eric says:

    I read a devotional after my prayer time. It concluded with this. It is basically what I wrote I. My journal before reading this devotion.
    PRAYER: God, I have tried life my way so many times. Even now, again, I am a victim of my choices. Take from me my decisions and consequences. I give up my ways. But please, I beg you, show me yours.

  21. Matt Billinger says:

    As a Daddy to young kids right now. God is using them to teach me so much. My Daddy heart loves and yearns for my babies to come to me with a humble heart and admit and ask forgiveness for whatever they did so I can comfort and encourage them. Then God reminds me that he is my Daddy, and he yearns and longs for my humble heart to confess to him so he can forgive, comfort, encourage, and build relationship with me.

    • Dan S says:

      There’s something about speaking your issues out loud that is very effective. Keeping in your head with your mind allows us to minimize, justify or excuse them away.

  22. Wayne D. says:

    It showed me trying to build myself up at the expense of others. In reality, after I confessed it, I realized that I was just digging my hole deeper before God with these sins against Him and others.

  23. Marty Miller says:

    Yesterday I had plans to take a walk with my wife. I was tired and took a nap. Then an old friend came by who talked for several hours. I failed to follow through with my commitment to nurture our relationship. I confessed this to my wife and asked for forgiveness. She did. But the message was given to her… you are less important than me. God, help me to make my wife a higher priority.

  24. Kurt Leininger says:

    I learned that God is merciful. If I received what I deserved I would be in a much worse state BUT GOD has mercy on me despite my failures.

  25. Stephen says:

    I lam learning that my “instant gratification” and insensitive behavior needs to diminish, and that I should focus more at those times on others…what I can and should be doing for them instead of myself.

  26. Michael Sirignano says:

    Good morning guys… what I am reminded of is that God wants us to seek Him out when we are in sin. In the garden of Eden, Adam sinned, and he hid from God. sometimes when I know I have sinned, I hide from God, ignore Him, pretend he does not know how wretched I am.

    In my confession today i felt a sense of relief. When I hide from Him the guilt lingers.

  27. Michael Sirignano says:

    What I am reminded of is that God wants us to seek Him out when we are in sin. In the garden of Eden, Adam sinned, and he hid from God. sometimes when I know I have sinned, I hide from God, ignore Him, pretend he does not know how wretched I am.

    In my confession today i felt a sense of relief. When I hide from Him the guilt lingers.

  28. Addison says:

    Good morning men. I learned in a deeper way that my words have more of an impact than I see. I must guard the ones that I speak more closely. Also to remember that if my words are being used to encourage, I need to consider whether there is any pride or boastfulness in them, if so it is better to keep my mouth shut.

  29. Mac says:

    I learned that even as I attempt to move on towards perfection (Hebrews 6) my heart still fosters evil. Thankful that I had some purposeful confession time, as I asked God to search me He revealed a few things that I needed to repent for. Thank you Father!

  30. Troy R Theye says:

    The hardest part of confession today besides being extremely humbled, was the WHY part and why I did do some of those things. I have no idea and God has been waiting a long long time for me to bring this to the surface and today that communication with God lifted a lot off of my heart. Its amazing how selfish we men are until we have to be honest with God, then it all changes and we become that man that he created us to be.

    • Eric says:

      Troy R. They, thank you for having words when I did not. I struggled with the Why part well. Then I read Beresolutes devotion. Thank you again for sharing.

  31. JP says:

    I learned how liberating confessing my sins can be. The burdensome weight of carrying the shame, guilt and failure around is instantly gone. As I grow and continue to walk with Jesus I try diligently to confess and repent when the Holy Spirit convicts me. He is faithful in shining a light on my sins, so I must be faithful in promptly confessing and repenting so I can continue to grow and become more like Jesus.

  32. cory doden says:

    I’ve learned over the past 3 days the verbally, audibly praying brings a deeper sense of focus and intimacy with my Lord.

  33. Kevin says:

    During my time of confession, I realized that my actions affect others, whether they are positive or negative. I need to be more aware of those around me.

  34. Eric K says:

    Confessing out loud, putting it on paper, and being specific is Humbling. I however do not feel like I’m in the shadows with secrets. I feel I can peruse God Truly!

  35. William H Mulder says:

    I felt freedom. I felt a relief. I felt good. I’m sitting here with a smile on my face. Thank you Jesus!

  36. Bill says:

    Oh boy. This one is super hard today because I spent the last 24 hours with several of you in the group and I can’t think of a specific sin but know there were many which scares me because then I am blind to my sins and not being led by the Holy Spirit. I do know that there were some crude jokes, poking fun of others and I probably didn’t give some people enough of my time.

  37. Joe says:

    Reminded me that when I’ve wronged others I have ultimately sinned against God. I know this but it’s a good reminder. Thank you God for forgiveness when we confess our sins.

  38. Steve Russell says:

    Good to be specific about asking for forgiveness from God about who I wronged. This makes me fully understand how wrong it is.

  39. Brian says:

    Internalizing confession is easier than specific confession out loud. Also made me think over the last 24 hours how I had sinned.

  40. Mark Lundquist says:

    Oh boy…who have I wronged? I had quite the time trying to figure out who to single out for this prayer and as I did, I realized of all the people I have wronged it was because of my own selfish desires, for my own personal decision to blow them off because I did not want to take the time. Most of it was before I came to know Christ but I am sad to say there have been some even after. Stress, time, and selfishness are placed on us and we fail to see the problems or needs of others. When we concentrate on those things, we fail to see the person. When we look to Christ is our every day matters this is when others around us become “real”.
    I need this daily time. Early in the morning, so as to get my mind on Christ first thing. Start with Christ, end with Christ. everyone and everything becomes clearer in between

  41. Michael Swalley says:

    My unhealthy desire to avoid conflict has caused a lot of pain in people’s lives, and is rooted in my own selfishness and pride. The more I belief that my identity is rooted in my relationship with God, and not the pleasing of man, I will be able to be free from this cycle of dishonesty and hurt.

  42. Stephen M. Oliver says:

    Confession “with” God, rather than to God, is a compelling concept that helps me understand that the burden of our specific sin can be cast on to Christ such that our burden becomes a shared burden. The “why” and “how” portions of the act of confession first exposes the deeper heart issue where the sin resides, and secondly, helps us develop a posture of submission around the issue where the Holy Spirit can move to transform us, thereby relieving the burden of that specific sin from our lives. What an amazing process our loving God has offered us to help us flourish and honor Him.

  43. Mike M. says:

    —sorry to miss posting yesterday, after praying I jumped into my Saturday! Please pray for my daughters: purity for one as she dates; and passion for the other as she prepares for marriage. Your routine for confession allows the sun to move past shame to Set a path toward healing. Thanks!

  44. Edward says:

    Hurts, sinful habits, hangups. We all have them. Same keywords as Celebrate Recovery. The hard part is being honest with myself, confessing to God, and then confessing to another brother. I took the Celebrate Recovery 26 week 12-Step Class last year. It’s not just for alcohol and drug addictions. It works for everyone because we all sin. Best thing I have ever done. Great positive reminder, Vince, of the unbelievable power of believing and acting upon James 5:16. I re-learned today that my repetitive habits are either strongholds keeping me trapped in my sins, or gentle yokes leading me to where God wants me to go. Sorry I went off on a tangent here, but this is what my mind thought of today as I prayed.

  45. Squirrel says:

    I found it interesting that confessing may be the first step to stopping. Whether it be cussing in church or something else, identifying specific things helps to be…specific. If I am vague in my prayer it allows me an escape route (so I tell myself). This was good.

  46. Ron says:

    To take time to think of how we wrong others is a good thing. Reminds us how we first sin against God and second how we can damage others around us. Those God has entrusted to our care.

  47. Tom Klingbeil says:

    My prayer focused on my thought life. I’ve sinned against God and my wife. I’ve struggled with an addiction to porn for most of my life. My thoughts still occasionally become dirty. I pray for a pure heart and clean thoughts. I pray God would keep temptation from me. My wife and God both know my struggle. I must confess my sins and ask for healing.

  48. Dan S says:

    There’s something about speaking your issues out loud that is very effective. Keeping in your head with your mind allows us to minimize, justify or excuse them away.

  49. Jim says:

    I learned that God gives me opportunities to be more patient and understanding. Jesus, help me to see them and to step into them.

  50. Bill Fuess says:

    Thanx good challenge today
    This is something I do a lot during the day as I sin but to reflect back powerful!!

  51. Dan Cloutier says:

    I don’t often spend time reflecting over the course of a whole day in order to find and confess sin to God. I think that’s mostly because I’m more afraid of what God might ask me to do, than I care about making things right with Him. I was reminded that I don’t want to live in fear…and I don’t want to be rule bound over relationship bound.

  52. John says:

    I learned that in my prayer I usually just talk about the what and I don’t break it down into the who, why and how I want to be different. It seemed much more like a conversation with God than a confession, which was refreshing and challenging at the same time.

    • Caleb says:

      Amen to that. Knock and the door will be open to you. . . It’s pretty awesome that we have a God that invites us to talk directly to him.

  53. James says:

    This one was difficult for me. After deep introspection I realized what a terrible sinner I have been. By sinning in this way against other people it creates an easy path for me to travel and repeat this offense against God and the person I intentionally wronged. I pray that God forgives me and so will the people I have wronged. This pattern stops here right now.

  54. Jacob says:

    I have learned that I need to be more careful with my words, and that if you love someone you would never say something hurtful to them and that some things are so severe they aren’t forgivable in a relationship.

  55. Shawn says:

    I learned, or rather confessed, that I want to be a whole lot different from the way I think in my mind more often than I’d like.

  56. Dave says:

    Confessing out loud is much more powerful and humbling than confessing privately in your heart and thoughts during prayer.

  57. Brian says:

    Confessing out loud reminded me of how so much of my sin is due to selfishness. Speaking it to the Lord gives me a sense of not being alone with those failings. I tend to take God’s forgiveness for granted, so slowing down to reflect on my sin and confess it helps me remember specifics of why I need Jesus.

  58. Brian Grundhauser says:

    When confessing I feel a weight being lifted off of me. I feel a closeness to God. He already knows what we’ve done but we need to ask him to forgive us and admit to ourselves what we did was wrong. It makes us think about why we did it which helps us to not do it again.

  59. Brainard says:

    I’ve hurt some people by things that I’ve done, but more so, by the words that I’ve said to them. Father GOD, forgive me for being quick with a response, for it usually is not in love. I’ve learned that I remember quite a few sins in detail, and that I wish I couldn’t.
    I’m a broken man and only you can fix me Father, have your way with me now, and forever I pray.

  60. Justin says:

    Reflecting back on the holidays was where I landed in my time of confession- particularly during the stretch of time when I was sick. Feeling fatigued and empty is such a trigger to be quick to anger, impatient, lack of defense against temptation…and on and on. It’s a reason, but not an excuse!

  61. David says:

    I know Vince said we don’t have to share what we confessed, but it is part of what I learned.

    In reflecting over the last 24 hours, I realized that I got angry at my kids over not playing a game correctly. When we played the next game, I was over it, but several times I saw my family get angry at each other. They took my lead and followed my path. As the head of my household my wife and kids really do pay attention to my actions. While I like to think they get good things from me, they also emulate the bad. My sin shapes my whole family.

    God let your life fill me so your light leads my family rather than my darkness.

  62. Nathan says:

    I learned during my prayer time today that all I have to do to be a better father is to emulate my heavenly father who never forgets my needs and even my wants and is always there for me in any situation.

  63. Troy says:

    One thing I learned with my confession is that when being criticized I become defensive and try to defend myself and go on the offensive and join in the battle. That doesnt seem to help. Rather I pray that I can look at the criticism through Gods eyes and act appropriately. Pray on!

  64. Jim says:

    Accountability is powerful and needed. Only way to change my heart condition at times. Amazing that the God’s accountability is surrounded in Love.

  65. Brad says:

    I found it somewhat hard too Bill, God did put something on my heart. One of my coworkers is a master communicator and can win any argument he is in, and sometimes I disagree. I tend to push back in ways that aren’t honoring and gossip with others about it later because of my frustration. I need to knock it off, have honest conversations and handle it. Hope you guys are having a great time.

  66. Lewis Thompson says:

    The one thing I learned is that my cry of confession will lead to repentance and repentance always leads to forgiveness.

  67. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    This time with Our Lord was a refreshing reminder of how much He loves us, is in our corner and wants to see us free of our enemies bondage.

  68. Ryan Gatzlaff says:

    This time in prayer was humbling. I was reminded that when I react emotionally to people and situations, I’m rarely providing what is needed and often making a challenging situation more difficult. It is good to keep short accounts when it comes to confession.

  69. Tim says:

    Confessing is hard to do, even to God in the privacy of being on my own. I suppose that’s my pride and the shame felt. But when I do, in the end it is so freeing, so I need to focus on that part and not the during the confession part that hurts and is hard.

  70. Dan says:

    I think you guys nailed it. Being able to speak to God out loud and ask for forgiveness feels so much more personal and real. Talking about our sins our load allows time to reflect on them and to go deeper on what it was we did, why we did what we did and what we can do to change the unwanted actions. It’s Root Cause Problem Solving with God as your facilitator. Love it!

  71. Dan says:

    Being able to speak to God out loud and ask for forgiveness feels so much more personal and real. Talking about our sins out loud allows time to reflect on them and to go deeper on what it was we did, why we did what we did and what we can do to change the unwanted actions. It’s Root Cause Problem Solving with God as your facilitator. Love it!

  72. Rob says:

    I learned today that if we cannot think of a sin we have done and/or a person we have wronged, God is pleased to bring these to our minds, that we may confess and be healed

  73. Adam says:

    I need to THINK before I speak. Ask myself these questions: Is it True? Helpful? Inspiring? Necessary? Kind?

    • Dono says:

      Confessing to the Lord reminds me how much I am cared about by Him. It gives me a sense of relief in my heart and mind knowing that there isn’t anywhere I could go or anything that I’ve done in my past that would keep God from loving me any the less coming back to him.
      Psalm 139

  74. Randy says:

    What I learned today is the importance of consistency. Today I did a ‘brain dump’, get everything out of my head that’s swirling around, making me crazy to the point that I let regular healthy/helpful routines and habits slip. Write it all down; to-do lists, goals, dreams, fears, joys, plans, relationships, etc. Everything! Then ask God to help me sort it out. This practice is still pretty foreign to me, but I believe it to be helpful for me to move forward from my past practice of ignoring/stuffing things where nothing gets done and ends up in a vicious cycle of defeat.

  75. Ryan Wissink says:

    I kind of alluded to it on day 2 I think, but I am really bad at reflecting and identifying sin beyond the obvious big things. This will be good practice for me to begin training myself to get better at recognizing those things in me much earlier and bringing them to the Lord.

  76. Jeff says:

    excercise patience over judgement as the world around me is not mine to control but my response or outlook is. Peace!

  77. Brian Menk says:

    While confessing about the sin I intended to, I desired to confess other things to God. It put my heart in a mode of healing.

  78. Derek Blumberg says:

    I’ll share a short prayer: Thank you Lord for loving me no matter what. I thank you for giving me freedom in You and showing me how to live there. I am weightless from the burden of sin because you took it all. What Love! Thank you Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen.

  79. Matt Klein says:

    One thing I learned is I have a lot of Shame and guilt built up from the way I have been choosing to live for the past year. I also learned I don’t want to live that way ever again. God is great and he is always listening.

  80. Jefferson says:

    When one stops to take the time to think & confess it sure seems like that basket at times is too full. It was not easy thinking if the topic today & that in itself shows that I need this daily time.

  81. Matt Klein says:

    I learned that I have a lot and guilt and shame built up from the way I was choosing to live. I can not and will not live that lifestyle anymore. God is great and he is always listening.

  82. Terance Roberson says:

    Confession is needed in order for you to forgive yourself. Not only do you confess the sin or wrong doings, you also admit to your wrongs and ask for forgiveness. Ask for forgiveness, understanding, and help to be a better person then you were yesterday.

  83. Eric says:

    I love the feeling I get after confessing my sins to God. Sometimes, it hits me right away and other times later in the day. But the nice thing is that it ALWAYS happens. Thank you God for loving me with all my imperfections. What a wonderful God we have!!!

  84. Massimo says:

    When I confess I find that I’m treating God as the real, tangible God that he is, someone to whom I’m being accountable to. I have learned that he doesn’t shame me, berate me, or cause bad things to happen to me but loves me, cares for me, understands me, forgives me, and just wants me to get up and keep going. When I confess with others, I actually feel the sin being brought into the light by the weight of my sin being lifted off me. It gives me a sigh of relief.

  85. Kurt Cubbage says:

    I learned that when I confess to God, my soul feels cleansed from the filthy, dusty,crud that I layered on it because of a lack of confession and repentance.

  86. Bryson Quilliams says:

    By understanding why I did what I did makes it easier to recognize and prevent me from doing it again in the future

  87. Scott Halverson says:

    I read Ryan comments before I writing this response. I agree my first thought was what big sin did I do in the 24 hours? I ended up praying for strengthing my marriage, I usually do something every day that frustrates my wife:-) Praying out loud was tough today as everyone was up and a wake. I ended up praying out loud in the shower, hoping others wouldn’t hear me.

  88. Jordan Goodrich says:

    I learned that for my confession involved less than desirable actions on my part led to why I was confessing, naturally. But it also put into perspective what those actions were. Confessing helped with clarity.

  89. Matt says:

    I have come to greater realization that I need to reach out to people of have wronged and ask for their forgiveness. Most times that I treat people “wrongly” is because I’m too focused on my issues and too concerned about “self”. I must give it up to God and follow his greatest commandment, “to Love one another!!”

  90. Antoine Gendron says:

    Confessing allows me to be intentional with and focused on God about to what he has to say and how to be more like Christ the next time it comes around.

  91. Ben Heckathorn says:

    I learned that I need to stop trying to handle things on my own and in my strength. I need to commit them to the Father.

    I confess to you all right now, I cannot do it!

  92. Frankie jones says:

    Im learning through confessing and inviting god in that its the only way to find growth and healing. Ive accepted that ill never get it perfected but as long as i continue to seek his way in all matters ill keep pressing on and growing with him.

  93. Brady says:

    I learned that I need to be more merciful to people I hold a grudge against because if I don’t try to reach out and meet them in the middle then the relationship will never get better

  94. Bryan says:

    I can’t change my past, but God’s Grace and Mercy covers it. The old man is gone away, the new man moves forward.

  95. Jeff says:

    I learned that it wasn’t about what I did, it was about how I hurt the people that were effected by my stupid actions

  96. Bryce says:

    Through reflection and confession I learned that I need to really work on being more patient with certain people and circumstances. I ask God to give me more of His wisdom and continue to soften my heart.

  97. Ian says:

    Sometimes I can be overbearing trying to help people out for what I believe is God’s truth for them at that point. I’ve done this with the belief that I am helping, that obviously is incorrect because it’s not my position to do that, that’s up to God. I need to learn to let God do his thing and stop trying to help God out.

  98. Rory C. says:

    I confessed and apologized to God for my past actions and being selfish in doing so. I asked him to continue in guiding me in becoming a better man and a man of God. For him my wife my family and friends, so I can be an example of his work

  99. Dean W says:

    That I do not have to carry my sin and feel bad inside. I can ask for God’s forgiveness by confessing my sin and be able to move forward with hope in my life.

  100. Bob says:

    The freedom of confession is incredible especially when doing it out loud. Praying out loud and spending time privately with God is really cool.

  101. James S says:

    It took me a moment to determine what to confess. On most days it would not be difficult to pick out sin…an outburst of anger, a thoughtless word, or a careless action. Days like yesterday can be damaging in a different way, drawing prideful conclusions about how “good” I was. In truth, the sin was more subtle…a fleeting thought. We must examine ourselves closely and confess in the moment.

  102. Steve Baumgart says:

    Being in Alcoholic Anonymous, one of the steps is admitted when we were wrong. It is such a relief to clear my side of the street and make amends. Refreshing to read this and take action

  103. Tim E says:

    I learned that if I’m honest with myself and our God 5 minutes isn’t enough time. I believe it’s important that we bear our souls to Him. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Speaking to Him out loud allows us to be open and brutally honest. At the same time I lean heavily on His grace.

  104. John Harding says:

    This was a bit of a challenge to recall the wrongs, whatever they may be. But, it’s so easy to “block” those things and live they never happened. But, the Holy Spirit has a unique way of refreshing our memories, just like He did with me today.

  105. Jay Wegiel says:

    My time confessing of how I specifically wronged others led me to the conviction that when ever I do that I am ultimately dulling my relationship with God. And if I turn to God first I have way fewer sins.

  106. Daniel says:

    Confessing gives a sense of peace. When you talk to God as your father and treat Him as a loving person instead of your genie or cheat code, it floods you with peace.

  107. Dallas says:

    I felt a sense of pain when confessing out loud. I actually felt good when I was done as it felt genuine.

  108. Duane McPheeters says:

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  109. Nick says:

    I like to confess out loud. Not that it is easy to admit failure, but it is so freeing! I have realized that carrying the burden of my sins is far more miserable than owning up to it, repenting, and moving on. I am learning to do this with other men as well.

  110. Chuck says:

    I need to guard my tongue, or shall I say, ask the Lord to guard my tongue. Pause and think before I speak.

  111. Bill says:

    When I confess, and I have to many times each day, the weight of shame and dishonesty is gone. This honesty helps me help others.

  112. Jake says:

    Being a dad and husband is a huge responsibility – those that are closest to me seem to be the ones that end up getting the short end of the stick with budgeted time…..

  113. John Sather says:

    It is very easy to forget to ask for forgiveness through confession. I cant remember the last time I confessed like that

  114. Michael Reps says:

    Confession a lot of time takes me awhile to get to but man does God redeem me when I do confess, especially out loud. Thanks for the call to action.

  115. Al Comptois says:

    Relationships ! Pains my heart to see how I’ve missed treated a few people of lately . God please forgive me and thanks for the gift of strength that you have given me to make right my wrongs

  116. Tom Vang says:

    Hey gents. I’m learning that my sense of “justice” is off. While I may feel it very strongly, It doesn’t mean that it needs to reconcile on the spot.

  117. Lewis says:

    The Lord showed me that I am to critical of my wife and son. He challenged me to pray for them during my 21 day Daniel Fast.

  118. Gavin says:

    I learned the gentleness of God and regardless of what I shared In my confession he still loves me. He put it on my heart to confess because he already knows but I already know he loves me, cares for me and shaped me.

  119. Isaiah says:

    Confession helps to keep me humble and shows me that I don’t have it all together. It also shows me the incredible grace and mercy of God.

  120. Josh says:

    I felt that the Lord appreciated the confession and that he’s willing to give us a do over. I don’t have times of confession enough especially because I’m sure there’s something everyday that I have done wrong, whether in thought, actions, or words.

  121. Darren Dummer says:

    I learned I need to be diligent to not settle for the easy way out, the sinful way. I need to stand up for what’s good and insist on what’s right even when it is more difficult and the result of the decision has more hardship.

  122. Matt T says:

    The process of thinking deeply about why I did what I did, led me on a journey to contemplating what a healthy sense of identity is and how reflecting the image of God plays itself out in my life. I learned a little bit more about what that means.

  123. Thomas Toedter says:

    I learned that using the four steps given really helps you think through the sin that you are confessing. It also forces you to look beyond the confession but on to the hope of God’s promise in the future.

  124. Seth says:

    I was really surprised that I struggled with this so much. I learned that I need to dig deeper with myself, I tend to just scratch the surface.

  125. Arnaldo Froese says:

    I’ve come to realize that I’m a really selfish and self-righteous person. For me, confession reminds me of the gravity of my sin and softens my heart. I notice that when I belittle /ignore sin, my heart hardens and I continue to act wrongfully because repentance requires that I admit I was wrong. Once I confess, my heart softens so that I can repent.

  126. Jake says:

    I am missing confession in my life. It was a great reminder of being able to reflect not only to confess my wrongs but to also reflect on how to act.

  127. Richard says:

    I’ve always been pretty good about repenting. But asking those questions about my sins, OUTLOUD… holy crap, that makes it REAL!

  128. Bert says:

    I learned more that God is there to listen more than I realize with love, mercy and grace. He points my barriers out that stand in my way to Him.

  129. Dennis says:

    I didn’t do this until tonight. It gave me all day to reflect. Confession to God is a great thing. It revealed to me how much it hurts God and the people we wronged.

  130. Michael Pechar says:

    Confessing out loud is so much more impactful than confessing in our minds. It makes it so much more real.

  131. John says:

    4 steps my pastor shared awhile back regarding prayer and living a prayerful lifestyle are 1. Yield (to the Holy Spirit), 2. Confess (your sins), 3. Repent, 4. Repeat (Daily). I think that is good practice to add to my daily prayer time.

  132. Zak says:

    Need for self-reflection and the release of the burden after confession and freedom to pursue the right relationships with the people I wronged

  133. Les Silliman says:

    I don’t know that I can really say this as a new thing I learned, but that I am powerless on my own to make the changes that are needed. I can only change by allowing the Holy Spirit to work in me to guide me.

  134. Eddie says:

    I confess that I am writing this a day late, too many squirrels, but that upon reflection, God is the most important priority in my life. Moving forward, I rather enjoy praying out loud to Him because it makes the prayers seem real more than just reciting them in my head. I have many prayers I pray on a daily basis, but before starting this year and these 35 day challenges, I did not pray them out loud, now I pray them ALL out loud and it has made them more personal than just rote recitation.

  135. Anthony Gjorvad says:

    Speaking about my sins gave them more weight on me to truly change from who I am to who I should be in that situation.

  136. AZ says:

    Confession helped me to realize how disconnected from God I had become…spiritually speaking.

    Glad to be Back in Game!

  137. Will says:

    Taking a moment to stop and talk about why I sinned is eye opening. Having to Stop and think through why I made those choices was helpful to understand my actions better.

  138. Danny says:

    I learned that it got it off my chest and God love’s authenticity – he knows anyway… but being in agreement with God has to be pleasing to him and liberating for us.

  139. ben.templet says:

    Not sure what I learned from this time, but I do like the way the questions can make you think a little deeper. Why you did it? How would you like it to be different?

  140. Paul says:

    I was reminded through this that living in the light and confessing our sins is an act of obedience to God.

  141. Dan M says:

    Dan M – Confession a) feels liberating b) takes silent reflection c) reaffirms my need / dependence on God for grace / forgiveness / mercy

  142. Jason says:

    Confession about a specific instance taught me how important it is to slow down more and think things through.

  143. Curt says:

    To focus (in regards to sin) not on self-discipline to bring about change…but on the disciple(r), Jesus to bring about change.

  144. Steve Nicola says:

    I am first of all relearning the joy and honesty that praying outloud creates in my being. This morning I was reminded again of the deep selfishness that resides in my heart and how that spills over sadly into my relationships. So thankful that the ultimate example of selfless love is also the provider of ultimate power and love to overcome my selfish nature. Thank you Jesus!

  145. Danny says:

    I have confessed so many times to God for my my Actions over the years and how I have hurt my Wife in the past over decisions I have made in the past.

  146. Mark Lubbock says:

    Through the Grace of God I have been successful in developing a daily prayer regimen that includes honest assessment of my behavior, confession, true repentance and sincere forgiveness. This literally set me free. Don’t hide from my son, don’t bear hurt or anger regarding others. This took me some 2-3 years to establish, but since then I see myself and especially others with compassion rather than judgement. Don the blame others for my sin, and my identity is NOT that of a sinner saved by grace. Instead I see myself as a saint who occasionally sins & who must quickly take restorative action when sin enters in.

  147. Mark Lubbock says:

    Through the Grace of God I have been successful in developing a daily prayer regimen that includes honest assessment of my behavior, confession, true repentance and sincere forgiveness. This literally set me free. Don’t hide from my sin, don’t bear hurt or anger regarding others. This took me some 2-3 years to establish, but since then I see myself and especially others with compassion rather than judgement. Don the blame others for my sin, and my identity is NOT that of a sinner saved by grace. Instead I see myself as a saint who occasionally sins & who must quickly take restorative action when sin enters in.

  148. Matt says:

    I struggled a bit with this one, as I could not think of a sin that I committed in the past 24 hours. Then, I thought of the verse that tells us that if we say that we have not sinned that his word is not in us (1 John 1:10). So, this morning (a day late), I prayed that God would search me, and rid me of any sin that I have committed unknowingly, and that He would help me to grow so that I will see and avoid those sinful situations that I do not see.

  149. J.T. Fetherolf says:

    J.T.
    I think the biggest thing was acknowledging that I alone am rarely enough to prevent my selfishness from causing me to hurt others. I have to be aware of this and ask that God help to partner with me through the Holy Spirit and others around me to have the discipline to be the man that He created me to be.

  150. Matt Karasek says:

    Hope you don’t mind me joining the FFGers (not sure what that is…).
    I agree with Tim, confessing is HARD! The goofy thing for me is that it is easier to confess to God than to others. I know with God that I am forgiven after (and even before) I have confessed the Who, What, Why, and How. With others, they may not be as forgiving. Recently, I had to confess to someone, and I really did not want to based on my fear of how it was going to be received. However, again, as Tim and Vince mentioned, it was a HUGE healing. I am especially thankful for opportunity for the “how.”

    • Adam says:

      Was reflecting and praying about my frustration with the kids yesterday. Between them fighting and not being able to find one at a basketball game, I was angry. Realized that I feel this way partially because I feel disrespected and not in control. I need to pause in these moments and seek guidance, wisdom and peace.

  151. Chad Husted says:

    Reading the other comments encourages my soul. Thanks men.
    I found today that confessing helps me get to the root of the matter, which is often different than what I thought at first. This is evidence of the Lord speaking to me through this prayer time.

  152. ADAM KRUMRIE says:

    naming the who, what & why out-loud makes the confession feel more authentic. It also brought to mind other things to confess that I wasn’t aware of before. Then I could make a clear plan of attack.

  153. TJ says:

    I’ve been trying to work confession into prayer for quite sometime now, almost always starting with the confession. Most of the time it’s general, knowing that I have certainly sinned in my heart too many times to count, but sometimes it’s specific. I think it’s important to go to God with a contrite heart and knowing that His grace abounds, and it is also important to recognize the areas in which I can improve my “walk” with Him. I don’t think I wrong too many people personally, but I know that I have wild and wicked thoughts driving around and have not-very-Christian attitudes toward random strangers who either don’t understand the etiquette of he road, or who don’t understand that those etiquette rules don’t apply to me when I’m running late 😉 . Confession helps me to see God’s love and forgiveness, which is a polite reminder to act the same, to approach others with kindness and forgiveness. I think Jesus taught his disciples a prayer along those lines…

  154. Mike says:

    This is day 4 for me I am behind. In this world it can be easy at times to wrong someone and feel justified by it because you were wronged by them. The truth is Christ forgave us for all kinds of sin so it is important to forgive those who sinned against us and show humility. That at times is easier to say then do. I need to go to God for strength and forgiveness before I act.

  155. Brennon says:

    Yesterday, Brandy and I had a tough argument at the breakfast table. What was rough was that we kept going even with the kids present. Our tone and content were sharp and I know it hurt the kids as well as each other. Asking for forgiveness today for my tone and combativeness. For not taking the conversation away from the kids. Praying today to be more interested in being reconciled than for justice. To be more secure–more willing to be wronged and to love my wife, rather than seeking to be right.

  156. Jonathan says:

    Confession many times leads to another action. But, sometimes it doesn’t. But it always leads to God working in you.

  157. Isaac says:

    I learned that specifically answering the questions (who, what, why, and how)regarding my act of sin leads me to take full ownership of it

  158. Chris says:

    I learned that if I say it out loud in prayer, it made me act upon my confession. I made a small change today that will hopefully be prosperous and long lasting. Not sure this would have happened had it not been for my prayer.

  159. Steve says:

    All wrongs begin with a failure to follow God’s will. He needs to be asked for forgiveness first. That prepares our hearts to ask forgiveness from others and to receive that forgiveness.

  160. Hugh Prichard says:

    My heart and mind are humbled through confession. It allows God to move in and replace my selfishness.

  161. Ted says:

    Thank you my brothers for sharing your thoughts.
    It appears we are all in the same place. In concentrating on specifics, I am finding more of how I can change to help me be more Christ like.

    Thanks again
    Blessings

    Ted

  162. Gordon says:

    One thing I prayed while confessing past sins against others is that while praying, we may anticipate possible future sins, and steer away from them. For example, we may foresee a time of speaking rashly and decide ahead of time to instead keep quiet.

  163. Michael Johnson says:

    I learned that I often confess to God what I have done but I don’t talk to Him about who I have wronged. Sometimes directly to their face but many times just in my own heart.

  164. Tony says:

    The who, what, why, and how was definitely eye opening. I realized my confession time has been about the what I did. Looking at the who, why, and how gave a whole new perspective on what I was not confessing. Doing it out loud kinda stopped the squirrels and I was amazed at the things that kept popping up that I needed to confess.

  165. Bryce says:

    My prayer time highlighted that I still have lots of work to do in how I disagree with others. I have been working on it, working on giving other space instead of shutting them down when they are not correct. This is the first time that I really concentrated and asked God for wisdom to recognize when I am about to dismiss others and help me to see them and have their space so that we may come together.

  166. Mike says:

    One thing I learned during my time of confession is that some times you don’t realize the weight a certain event or subject can have on you until you confess and feel the weight lifting.

  167. Nathan says:

    I learned that confessing, especially out loud for me is very hard. At the same time it helped me to really embrace forgiveness as well as see the impact of the sin I was confessing.

  168. Jacques Vd Merwe says:

    I’ve been confessing my sins in prayer every time I spend with God sins I began my spiritual journey 8 weeks ago. I’ve learned to reflect and stay conscious of my feelings in every moment. I am always busy with something and I’ve noticed that interruptions doesn’t bother me anymore. I’ve also noticed that when I keep asking for forgiveness for something I already ask forgiveness for makes my prayer time less productive. Am I right? Or should I keep repenting for the same sins?

  169. Jim says:

    Today’s lesson helped me to reveal that I need to include the Lord in this process more and more. In the last 24 hours it has been my lack of patience with others that has caused me to become upset, sometimes nothing they have done, but how I view them not doing it my way. Thanks for your help Lord

  170. Justin harbers says:

    Confessing what I’ve done wrong helps me to let go and let god take my sin instead of me trying to carry it.

  171. Robert Ordóñez says:

    The old saying goes, “Confession is good for the soul.” Boy, is it ever!

    It had been a quiet, positive couple of days for me relationship-wise (I was catching this one up yesterday). However, I had to confess a continued transgression against my own body (and therefore God, since it’s His temple)—overeating. That was a very odd confession to make out loud.

    While it was uncomfortable, it was also very freeing. And it set off a great day of good eating choices. I’ll be revisiting this discipline often.

  172. Dan says:

    It is so “freeing” to confess my sins to God. Even though he already knows my sins, He fully forgives me. Thus freeing me from sin’s power to hold me down.

  173. Sprocket says:

    Evidently I’m far more comfortable in confessing how I’ve sinned, than I am in confessing why I’ve sinned.

  174. Troy Thielen says:

    It was really hard to confess for 5 minutes straight, but in reality I probably missed many sins and should be able to do it easily for 5 minutes.

  175. Caleb says:

    It sure is easy it is to get distracted in five minutes. May the Lord bless us all who try to give him our attention and knock on his door for a conversation.

  176. Pat says:

    I learned that by confessing my sins to God, He renews my heart and allows me to start fresh in my walk with Him and with others in my life…even those who I have wronged along the way. Thank you Lord for being the God of second chances!

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  179. Eddie says:

    I still have A LOT of work to do on softening my heart towards the less than lovable people that are going to be in my life hopefully for a very long time to come, my sister in law and mother in law, because I have been known to revel in their defeats and at times respond to their anger and poisonous words in kind. I have made MASSIVE progress in this, but I know that without God as my focus, I won’t CONTINUE to make progress in my attitude towards them.

  180. Hugh says:

    Experiencing God’s forgiveness has a sense of refreshment. Forgiveness from God, something only christians experience.

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    • Richard says:

      I confess to God at the end of the day. And it comes easy when throughout the day I have been quick to recognize when I do something wrong. I apologize in the moment. Then confession at night is easy. It only gets hard, when I live selfishly and fail to admit things thru the day.

  182. Richard says:

    I confess to God at the end of the day. And it comes easy when throughout the day I have been quick to recognize when I do something wrong. I apologize in the moment. Then confession at night is easy. It only gets hard, when I live selfishly and fail to admit things thru the day.

  183. Brad says:

    Confessing out loud is difficult. There is a lot of shame involved when I do this. However, confessing puts something dark into the light, taking the power of sin away. I have experienced significant shame and regret in my life and even that I need to confess to my Lord

  184. Alex says:

    Confession relieves your anxiety and your issues have immediately less power over you. God has conquered help man conquer much and our difficulties are no match for Him

  185. Gary says:

    Stop being judgmental towards others,that on judgement day ,jesus is the only one that will judge people, including me.

  186. Joey Forrest says:

    I learned today that there is freedom in confession. It feels as though my spirit is lighter and the judgment I felt prior to confession is gone.

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  187. Rex says:

    I can let my sin & shame drive me away from God or I can run to Him and confess my sin & bring my shame to Him. The two bring drastically different results.

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  188. Darin Palmer says:

    I’ve learned that praying out loud and confessing my sins make them feel more real and also can feel God’s love and guidance in conquering those sins. I can’t do that by myself but With God’s help I can.

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  189. Zach says:

    I learned that when you get specific with what you are confessing it gets real personal, but it needs to be personal when talking to God. He already knows what we are thinking and what we have done, but I think He likes that we come to Him and that we are honest with Him.

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  190. Gerald Waddle says:

    God really spoke to me about attitude and how to approach a situation lightly and with love from this prayer time!

  191. Marty says:

    It feels good to talk freely to God about my shortcomings and ask God to help me make progress and improve.

  192. Rob says:

    I’ve learned that I’m selfish with my time which shows a lack of respect for others. Even though what they have to say is not crucial the time spent listening is.

  193. Wally says:

    I learned that money has become too important if my life and I need to change that starting with
    providing for my wife’s needs.

  194. Greg says:

    I am thankful for this awareness of vocal prayer. It is better. I was able to ask forgiveness from my brother’s and parents for selfish actions of 30 years ago. Further, i have an ex- wife who i need to talk to the Lord again about

  195. Jesse G Skytland says:

    My biggest wrong was the person whom I had a descructive relationship with, my Ex-Wife whom now I’m greatful to be parted with. When we got married, things went well and I ended up with amazing children of whom I did what I could to maintain the Love with that woman. Myself especially went the other direction due to sin and wrong decisions, parting ways with someone whom I devoted so much to at that time of my life. Fortunately I have a successful family all-around and I would like to be different by being able to maintain wiser choices with what I do I the future for improving on relationships within my circle of Love for awsome people whom are just fantastic. Allowing me to become a better person as I grow in many ways.

  196. J says:

    I have had a hard time forgiving myself for a mistake I made in the past and speaking out loud takes a bit of weight from shoulders. I think verbalizing the failure and letting God know I recognize the failure also allows for me to start moving forward.

  197. Christopher Soto says:

    First, praying out loud has really helped me pray in a focused manner. Second, today I realized, I can pray confidently to God because He forgives. I knew this, but as I began to pray, this conviction came upon me and there was peace in my confession. Praise God!

    • Janic says:

      What’s wild to me is what he said, “to confess is to agree with God.” He knows the offense we have committed, but we have to come into accord with Him that we messed up.

      • Christopher Soto says:

        I believe sometimes the hardest thing is coming to God because of shame. But knowing He has already agreed to forgive… wow. Think about the confidence a child gains when they know their daddy will hear them out, and if he punishes it will be in an atmosphere of love. How much more confidently will that child approach their father.

  198. Robert Morgan says:

    I battle be quick to judge others,but just as quickly I remember I do not know the challenges they are facing, it then changes my thoughts.

  199. Thomas Sells says:

    Confessing relieves all the tension and the stress of holding it in. Although, it needs to be a heartfelt and passionate confession. I believe at times I can confess because it’s the right thing to do…but my heart is that exactly in the right place!

  200. adam mather says:

    my wife believes that i treat complete strangers better than her. i dont see it that way. i am probably wrong. i think i treat people the same way. i know i need to put forth more effort toward how i interact with my wife. i pray about it every day.

  201. Kyle Smallcombe says:

    I’ve learned that confession takes the weight and anxiety off of your shoulders and puts it into Gods hands. Ask for forgiveness, learn and process the hurts you’ve caused and the reasons behind it.

  202. Adrian says:

    I have been selfish and in my marriage, I have thought of myself as most important. I cannot say that I learned this on my own. It took real listening to my wife and admitting that I have hurt her and then taking the time to understand how. It was so easy to think of myself first and put her wants and needs on the back burner. Lord, help me to consistently be aware of this and continually work to change this, amen.

  203. JAMES DELGADO says:

    Confession – Thank God for His Grace. I don’t deserve it but He gives it anyway.
    Sharing with God my mistakes (emotionally, mentally, physically or spiritually)
    brings peace to my heart…knowing that I have learned something I do not want to repeat.
    And now – I believe that I am forgiven and its my turn to forgive.

  204. Charles says:

    Taking the time to confess helped me reflect upon my own faults and with the Spirits help to understand how I can do better next time.

  205. Ken Smith says:

    Speaking my sins out loud takes away the deceitfulness that was in my life. Telling the Father I let go of those sins and turn them to His Mercy! Praise God for a wonderful Savior who has set me free!

  206. James Stackleather says:

    Pulling the plank out of your own eyes is hard, but letting others know about the plank in their eye is easy.

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  208. Steve says:

    Today I learned that it’s hard to confess. This comes from my reliance on self versus God. I don’t want to justify actions that I know to be wrong. I want to love others well and put others first before my self. This will take time but I’m relying on God to work on me and soften my heart.

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