January 31 – Day 17

The final section of this prayer journal will focus on your personal conversations with God about your sin, your life, your community, and the people you know who need to hear about Jesus. These are all based on Scripture—we encourage you to look up the Bible references listed and hear God speak through them.

January 31 – Day 17: Personal Prayers
Confession

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23)

CONFESSION AND CLEANSING – PRESENT YOUR HEART TO GOD

Confession is an important aspect of our relationship with God. If we come to God with unconfessed sin, we are creating space between ourselves and God. We must continually confess and repent when we do wrong.

God readily offers forgiveness which allows us to grow closer to him.

Ask God to search your heart (Psalm 139:23-24) and reveal: Sin – remove destructive habits and replace them with

God-focused ones

Selfishness – move your heart from self-focused to others-focused Sickness – move your focus from physical ailments to spiritual health Stress – move from anxiety over things you can’t control to focusing

and trusting that God is in control

Take time to learn about the danger of a deceitful heart. (Jeremiah 17:9; 1 John 1:6-10)

Be mindful of the condition of your mouth and heart. (Psalm 19:14, 49:3)

Ask God to help you keep His purposes and goals in view. (Psalm 90:12; Philippians 3:13-14)

Today, confess your unrighteousness to God and receive his forgiveness. (I John 1:9)

think about it:

How has God forgiven you when you confessed your sin?

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