Prayer of Confession of Sins


Short Exhortation About The Effect Of Sins: 

In this prayer session, we will be praying for the forgiveness of sins. There are different categories of sins that can affect people. This includes individual sins like the case of Achan (Joshua 7). It could be the sin of a nation like the case of Nineveh. So today we will be praying for the forgiveness of the sins of this nation and pray that there will be genuine repentance in the land just like the City of Nineveh did (Jonah 3: 6-10). We will confess the sins of the nation of Canada and every nation of the World just like Nehemiah confessed the sins of the nation of Israel before God. Nehemiah did not only confess the sins of the nation of Israel, he also confessed his sins and the sins that his father’s family had committed against God (Nehemiah 1:6). Similarly, we are going to follow this pattern and confess the sins of our nation, our sins, and the sins of our family before God and ask for forgiveness of sin. Today’s Israelites can also be likened to the Christians. So we will ask for the forgiveness of sins of every Christians in this nation. We will ask for the forgiveness of the sins of the Church and pray that God will forgive His Church. This is also a good time to forgive all those that have sinned against us so that God can forgive us, and there will be no hindrance to our prayers. (Matthew 6:14)


Bible References:

2 Chronicles 7:14; Matthew 18:21-22; Nehemiah 1:6; Psalm 86:5; Mark 11:25; Psalm 32:1;; Matthew 6:15; 1 John 1:9; Hebrews 8:12; Psalm 103:12; Daniel 9:9; Isaiah 43:25; Hebrews 10:17; Psalm 130:3-4; Ephesians 1:7-8; Colossians 1:13-14

Prayer Points About Confession Of Sins: 

  1. Pray and confess all your sins before God.  Pray that as you confess your sins, God will cleanse you from all unrighteousness because He is a faithful God.

 1 John 1:9 says, 

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 

2. Pray and confess your sins, the sins of your fathers’ family and the sins of your nation. If there is any way you have not obeyed God’s decrees, laws or commands,  pray that God will forgive you and have mercy on you in Jesus’ name –

Nehemiah 1:6-7

“Let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.

3. Pray and repent of all your sins. Pray and turn from your wicked ways and turn to God. Pray that God will give you the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

Acts 2:38 says 

“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit

4. Pray that God will give you a forgiving spirit. Release all those that have offended you and forgive them wholeheartedly. 

Colossians 3:13 says 

“Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive”

5. Let us pray that if there is any sins our leaders have committed or that anyone in our nation has committed that might be affecting this nation, that God will have mercy and forgive us in Jesus’ name (Psalm 51)

6. Let us pray that if there is any sin that our nation has committed that may bring plague or destruction to the land, that the Lord should have mercy on us, forgive our sins and heal our land (Jonah 3)

7. Pray that God will forgive the sins of the Church. Pray that God will uproot every spirit of discord and disunity in the body of Christ. Pray that the Church will genuinely repent and turn to God.

2 Chronicles 7:14

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”


Categories of Sins

Sins of the leaders David (Psalm 51)


To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone into Bathsheba.

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy  blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,  and cleanse me from my sin!

3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight,

so that you may be justified in your words, and blameless in your judgment.

5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.

9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right[b] spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.

14 Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness

15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;  you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem;

19 then will you delight in right sacrifices,  in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;

 then bulls will be offered on your altar.”


Sins of a nation – The City of Nineveh (Jonah 3)

“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, the great city, and proclaim to it the proclamation which I am going to tell you.” 3 So Jonah got up and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk. 4 Then Jonah began to go through the city one day’s walk; and he cried out and said, “Forty more days, and Nineveh will be overthrown.”

5 Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 6 When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he got up from his throne, removed his robe from himself, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat on the dust. 7 And he issued a proclamation, and it said, “In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: No person, animal, herd, or flock is to taste anything. They are not to eat, or drink water. 8 But every person and animal must be covered with sackcloth; and people are to call on God vehemently, and they are to turn, each one from his evil way, and from the violence which is in their hands. 9 Who knows, God may turn and relent, and turn from His burning anger so that we will not perish.”

10 When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their evil way, then God relented of the disaster which He had declared He would bring on them. So He did not do it.

The sins of an individual that affected a whole nation – Achan (Joshua 7)

“But the Israelites did not obey the Lord. There was a man from the tribe of Judah named Achan. (He was the son of Carmi and grandson of Zabdi, who was the son of Zerah.) Because Achan kept some of the things that were to be given to the Lord, the Lord became very angry at the Israelites.

2 Joshua sent some men from Jericho to Ai, which was near Beth Aven, east of Bethel. He told them, “Go to Ai and spy out the area.” So the men went to spy on Ai.

3 Later they came back to Joshua and said, “There are only a few people in Ai, so we will not need all our people to defeat them. Send only two or three thousand men to fight. There is no need to send all of our people.” 4 So about three thousand men went up to Ai, but the people of Ai beat them badly. 5 The people of Ai killed about thirty-six Israelites and then chased the rest from the city gate all the way down to the canyon, killing them as they went down the hill. When the Israelites saw this, they lost their courage.

6 Then Joshua tore his clothes in sorrow. He bowed facedown on the ground before the Ark of the Lord and stayed there until evening. The leaders of Israel did the same thing. They also threw dirt on their heads to show their sorrow. 7 Then Joshua said, “Lord God, you brought our people across the Jordan River. Why did you bring us this far and then let the Amorites destroy us? We would have been happy to stay on the other side of the Jordan. 8 Lord, there is nothing I can say now. Israel has been beaten by the enemy. 9 The Canaanites and all the other people in this country will hear about this and will surround and kill us all! Then what will you do for your own great name?”

10 The Lord said to Joshua, “Stand up! Why are you down on your face? 11 The Israelites have sinned; they have broken the agreement I commanded them to obey. They took some of the things I commanded them to destroy. They have stolen and lied and have taken those things for themselves. 12 That is why the Israelites cannot face their enemies. They turn away from the fight and run, because I have commanded that they be destroyed. I will not help you anymore unless you destroy everything as I commanded you.

13 “Now go! Make the people holy. Tell them, ‘Set yourselves apart to the Lord for tomorrow. The Lord, the God of Israel, says some of you are keeping things he commanded you to destroy. You will never defeat your enemies until you throw away those things.

14 “‘Tomorrow morning you must be present with your tribes. The Lord will choose one tribe to stand alone before him. Then the Lord will choose one family group from that tribe to stand before him. Then the Lord will choose one family from that family group to stand before him, person by person. 15 The one who is keeping what should have been destroyed will himself be destroyed by fire. Everything he owns will be destroyed with him. He has broken the agreement with the Lord and has done a disgraceful thing among the people of Israel!’”

16 Early the next morning Joshua led all of Israel to present themselves in their tribes, and the Lord chose the tribe of Judah. 17 So the family groups of Judah presented themselves, and the Lord then chose the family group of Zerah. When all the families of Zerah presented themselves, the family of Zabdi was chosen. 18 And Joshua told all the men in that family to present themselves. The Lord chose Achan, son of Carmi. (Carmi was the son of Zabdi, who was the son of Zerah.)

19 Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, tell the truth. Confess to the Lord, the God of Israel. Tell me what you did, and don’t try to hide anything from me.”

20 Achan answered, “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I did: 21 Among the things I saw was a beautiful coat from Babylonia and about five pounds of silver and more than one and one-fourth pounds of gold. I wanted these things very much for myself, so I took them. You will find them buried in the ground under my tent, with the silver underneath.”

22 So Joshua sent men who ran to the tent and found the things hidden there, with the silver. 23 The men brought them out of the tent, took them to Joshua and all the Israelites, and spread them out on the ground before the Lord. 24 Then Joshua and all the people led Achan son of Zerah to the Valley of Trouble. They also took the silver, the coat, the gold, Achan’s sons, daughters, cattle, donkeys, sheep, tent, and everything he owned. 25 Joshua said, “I don’t know why you caused so much trouble for us, but now the Lord will bring trouble to you.” Then all the people threw stones at Achan and his family until they died. Then the people burned them. 26 They piled rocks over Achan’s body, and they are still there today. That is why it is called the Valley of Trouble. After this the Lord was no longer angry.

The sins of the Church of God – 2 Chronicles 7:14

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

The sins of our children – Eli (1 Samuel 2:12-17)

Eli’s sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were good-for-nothing priests; they had no faith in the Lord13 Now, this was how the priests dealt with the people who were offering sacrifices: While the meat was boiling, the priest’s servant would come with a three-pronged fork in his hand. 14 Then he would stick it into the pot, kettle, cauldron, or pan. Whatever the fork brought up from the pot belonged to the priest. This is what the priests did in Shiloh to all the people of Israel who came there ⌞to sacrifice15 But in the case of Eli’s sons, even before the people burned the fat, their servants would come and say to the man who was sacrificing, “Give the meat to the priest to roast. He doesn’t want boiled meat from you. He wants it raw.”

16 If the man said to the servant, “First let the fat be burned, then take as much as you want,” the servant would say to him, “Give it to me now, or I’ll take it by force.” 17 The sin of Eli’s sons was a serious matter to the Lord, because these men were treating the offerings made to the Lord with contempt.

We pray that as we seek the face of God in prayers for the forgiveness of our sins, the Lord will hear our prayers, forgive our sins and heal our land in Jesus’ name. Amen

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