A Prayer – Confession
Confession is more than reading your wrap sheet before God. In reality it’s more of an uncovering of the humanness that we’ve been holding in: guilt, shame, weakness, anger, out-of-control…everything. Listen, friend, God can take everything and anything you can give Him. Lay it before Him. Consider these Scriptures as you begin to incorporate confession in your daily prayers:
Have mercy on me, O God,Psalm 51:1
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9
A Virtue – Humility
Acknowledging our failure brings about humility. And here’s the thing: sometimes we think that humility is weakness, but in actuality it is strength. What situation in life invites a humility response? What conflict requires a Christ-like humility?
But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave…Matthew 20:25-27
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.Philippians 2:1-3
The reward for humility and fear of the LordProverbs 22:4
is riches and honor and life.
An Action – Forgiveness
Because we seek forgiveness, Jesus commands us to forgive others. Sometimes offering forgiveness feels like we’re letting the other person off the hook. Sometimes forgiveness feels unjust. And you know…you’re right! You see, God bypassed His own justice to offer us forgiveness and grace. Because we are forgiven, we are free to forgive.
And forgive us our debts,Matthew 6:12
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Parents, talk about something you are learning that is hard for you. Then, bring up an example that might be hard for them (like tying their shoe).
- Read Genesis 3 or Luke 15:11
- Discuss: ROAR (Recognize, Own it, Accept, Reflect/Repent)
- Teach: FAIL (First Attempt In Learning)