Daniel 8, 9, 10
Focus Verse: I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” – Daniel 9:4
The life of a believer should be one that is made up of continuous confession and repentance of sin. We shouldn’t only go to God and ask for His forgiveness after we know we have done something wrong and feel bad about it. But everyday, throughout each day, we should often be in prayer as Daniel was making confession for our sins and even for the sins of others.
I have sinned, should be our contrite admittance, I have done wrong. I haven’t listened to You. Instead, I have turned away from Your Word and done by own thing. I deserve shame, but I’m asking for Your forgiveness. I deserve to be punished, but please show me mercy. Turn Your eyes to my pain and open Your ears to my prayer…not because of any righteousness on my part, but because I am called by Your name.
Continuous confession of sin is necessary because we are often not aware of all the ways we hurt the heart of God. Our standards are not the same as His standards. Scripture says that His thoughts and His ways are not like our thoughts and our ways. His are so much higher than ours; therefore, things that we may consider to be “okay” or “not that big of a deal,” God may consider those same things to be completely unacceptable.
Even when we do not think that we have sinned, we must take the request of David and make it our own: Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24).